Open letter to Mr Trump

Dear President elect

Congratulations on your election. As one of the few UK and European politicians who did not seek to interfere in the US election or seek to regale a little interested world with my views on the candidates, I can now say I was impressed by your wish to see more rapid economic growth with more jobs, higher incomes and lower taxes. I understand the wish of many in the USA to see the US make more things for herself, to enjoy rising living standards, and to benefit from a modernising and expansion of US utilities and transport systems.

Your tax reforms should generate more corporate income onshore, and more jobs and individual income. There will be a laffer effect, as more activity generates more revenue despite the lower rates of tax. You will doubtless be told this will be small or insignificant. I trust you will have good advice to make a sensible case so foolish forecasts of ballooning deficits are not used to thwart reasonable reforms. In the short term the tax breaks may well lower individual and corporate income tax receipts, but repatriating substantial sums from abroad could offset these early effects.

The large infrastructure programme can be substantially financed in the private sector, where the US has a tradition of user charges and tolls. This too will help keep down the debt and deficit consequences which will otherwise concern fiscal Conservatives. The right investment can help boost productivity, the way to higher real wages. Supporting more locally produced energy will also help boost jobs and manufacturing. These proposals need to be the cornerstone of the early actions of the new Administration, to use the political advantage of the election result for something which should draw support from across the divide, and which takes time to bear fruits for electors to see.

I was also interested to hear and read of your scepticism concerning past military interventions in the Middle East, just as I have been worried that my country has joined in common actions that have not left behind or helped create new stable regimes or bring about peace. I am sure you share many western concerns about the intents and actions of Russia, but it may well be better to draw Russia into dialogue as Mr Obama was seeking to do in recent days given some common ground on Islamic terrorism. There is war weariness and concern amongst many of us in the west about past military actions which have not left societies at peace with functioning governments.

I wish you every success in choosing good people to run your Administration, and in pursuing the path to prosperity and peace.

Yours sincerely

John Redwood

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96 Comments

  1. The Active Citizen
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 5:39 am | Permalink

    Excellent – realistic, practical, and statesmanlike.

  2. Lifelogic
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 6:08 am | Permalink

    Excellent letter.

    Prosperity, peace, freedom, a smaller state sector, lower taxes but free trade please. That is what is best an average in the end.

    The USA as needs far fewer lawyers. Japan manage with 7, the UK 91 and USA 281
    per million population. They are usually arguing over money made by other rather than actually doing anything productive. Seven is more than enough. A proper, simpler, clearler legal and fiscal system that works can reduce the numbers of such largely parasitic jobs (it is not just the lawyers) and make everything far more productive and competitive. Here in the UK too.

    Another daft ruling on a person injured riding a borrowed horse the other day I see which will cause huge harm and more pointless litigation.

    • Lifelogic
      Posted November 15, 2016 at 8:30 am | Permalink

      Per 100,000 I meant.

  3. Ian Wragg
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    Much of the letter applies to the UK so I would send a copy to Mrs May.
    Ask her about leaving the EU whilst your at it.

  4. Lifelogic
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    The “right”investment can indeed boost productivity. In the U.K. HS2, Hinkley, green crap subsidies and Lagoons are very far indeed from the right investments. They are in fact negative investments as they will take money away from people who would have made sensible investments and will waste then on damaging, pointless, expensive dross like the above.

  5. ian
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    Cannot say the same about hear with the neo con libs with hs2 and the rest, i see that chis g is pushing it through with the rest of the liberal con party.

  6. Mick
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 7:45 am | Permalink
  7. Nig l
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    P.S. congratulations for seeing and listening to Nigel Farage. He is and has been our most influential and successful politician over the last five years as evidenced by the whole of the political elite in this country constantly trying to marginalise him.

    • Anonymous
      Posted November 15, 2016 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

      And you’ve just knocked him into 2nd place, Nig 1.

  8. Lifelogic
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    Chris Grayling seems to think HS2 is going to be a huge economic benefit to the country. Is he A an economic illiterate and daft as a brush or B a liar – any other alternatives?

    I see that Osborne’s moronic stamp duty rates are raising less revenue and damaging the housing market and mobility hugely. Just as anyone sensible would have foreseen. They need to be reversed as does most of the lunacy of the Osborne regime.

    • Lifelogic
      Posted November 15, 2016 at 9:48 am | Permalink

      “Even if you never get on a train you will feel the benefit of HS2 in a stronger economy” says Grayling in the Telegraph. Complete and utter drivel. He goes on about the jobs created but makes no mention of the many more jobs destroyed by taking money away from other areas of far more sensible investments by the people and companies who will be taxed to pay for it all. Train make little sense in the small UK, Has trains are often not even faster door to door as they make fewer stops.

      People will certainly feel the huge disruption of this insane project and the reduced UK productivity that will certainly result, as night follows day.

      What a plonker he is.

    • stred
      Posted November 15, 2016 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

      Chris Grayling was interviewed this morning about HS2.He said it was needed for ‘capacity’ as present fast trains could be held up by freight trains. Recently, Mrs May decided it was needed for ‘connectivity’. He also said the reason for it having to travel at 250mph was because we may as well have the latest set. French TGVs reach 180mph and their distances are longer. The cost for the whole line was given as £55bn. The French build cost per mile is much less.

      If it is for capacity, why not build a new freight line where bends could be tighter and gradients steeper and extra large tunnels unnecessary, while far less energy would be required at lower speeds. The same goes for passenger trains.

      Mrs May said in her speech that she would not shirk making decisions on HS2, Hinkley and Heathrow. She has not shirked but made chosen the most expensive and longest to complete in all cases. This PM is as incompetent as the last in her decision making and she chooses her ministers for their lack of technical judgement and sense.

    • Hope
      Posted November 15, 2016 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

      You have to wonder what planet Graylng and others are on. One journey to save 30 minutes! EU is our past not our future this was an EU infrastructure project to link all main cities across the continent. The money, we do not have, could be better used for other railway infrastructure.

      • John C.
        Posted November 16, 2016 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

        I have been on many trains in the last year which managed to do Leeds/London in just over 2 hours. Decently comfortable, and every half hour.
        What on earth difference would it make to knock a few minutes off this time?
        Complete and utter madness. The most complete example of a vanity project in recent times.
        Meanwhile trains in the South East range from decent to utterly disgraceful.

        • Na
          Posted November 17, 2016 at 8:23 am | Permalink

          Complete and utter madness. The most complete example of a vanity project in recent times.

          >
          But MPs get home 20 minutes quicker.

      • stred
        Posted November 17, 2016 at 5:44 am | Permalink

        A traveller arriving on HS1 will take longer to cross to Euston and travel faster to Birmingham than he would getting off and going on an express from Kings Cross. They chose the wrong station.

  9. Lifelogic
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    As you say the the Laffer effect will provide good positive feedback to boost the economy.

    • Lifelogic
      Posted November 15, 2016 at 8:44 am | Permalink

      As it would in the UK if Hammond actually trief cutting and simplifying taxes. Taking a smaller percentage of a larger cake. Government need to do much less, but do that rather more efficiently.

      • Hope
        Posted November 15, 2016 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

        Hammond and Clarke still bashing to stay in the EU or as close to it as possible. They ought to walk they are out of step with the public.

  10. Peter Wood
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    Encouragingly written….. shame that I hear Mr. Trump doesn’t like to read…

    • Book
      Posted November 15, 2016 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

      I never heard Mr Trump doesn’t like to read. Perhaps he is fed up of it; for, I get the impression he has spent more time reading then any other activity.

  11. Denis Cooper
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    Another “leak” to the Times designed to undermine our exit from the EU.

    • ian wragg
      Posted November 15, 2016 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

      Apparently some accountancy company trying to get some work.
      The Times is very pro EU.
      Can’t see why they need 30,000 to get us out of the mess. Why can’t those who got us in do it or do we have 2 departments 1 keeping us in and 1 getting us out.
      I see the BBC are pushing “hottest year on record”. Would be interesting to see the NASA data.

      • Hope
        Posted November 15, 2016 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

        I would be more interested to from the Donald what a load of blcks.

      • Mitchel
        Posted November 16, 2016 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

        The more you institutionalise a problem in search of a solution the less likely you are to solve it.

  12. ChrisS
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    My apologies for a Typo :

    The post just submitted and repeated below is from Chris S and not Chris

    Today’s leaked memo reported in The Times suggests that up to 30.000 additional civil servants would be required to deal with Brexit and the aftermath of our leaving the EU.

    In February 2016 the entire EU employed only 32,900 staff in total, including temporary employees, so that figure looks ludicrously overstated. When one considers that there must be several thousand people required just to translate 1.9m documents a year ( 2015 figure ) into 24 languages, it looks even more exaggerated.

    The range quoted in the leaked memo was from 10,000-30,000 additional posts. In the longer term I suspect the real additional headcount figure will be zero if the Government makes even a token effort to actually interfere less in the lives of citizens and businesses. It can then deploy existing resources into the areas of competence transferred back from Brussels.

    Sources :
    http://ec.europa.eu/civil_service/docs/europa_sp2_bs_sexe_x_age_en.pdf
    http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/translation/faq/index_en.htm

    • Anonymous
      Posted November 15, 2016 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

      Brexit is creating jobs already !

      On the downside they’re probably over complicating the issue to cover inertia.

    • Hope
      Posted November 15, 2016 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

      Ten thousand of them earn more than our PM

  13. Bert Young
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    We also understand Donald your strong views on illegal immigrants and your intention to get rid of them ; tightening and protecting the USA’s border with Mexico is something we envy you implementing . After all , why should such “illegals” devastate the life of a community .

    Your attitude to the political establishment and your plain spoken views about the society you live in is something many of us here in the UK support ; the cost , the delays and the consequences of bureaucracy leave the public confused and frustrated – well done on your approach ; please don’t be distracted in the years ahead of you .

    In concluding may I add that you do not have anything to learn from the way things are done in Europe ; Juncker is completely off his head in making this remark following your success in the Presidential campaign . Hopefully your administration will succeed in better relations with Russia and a more settled world will result .

    Best regards , Mr. UK.

    • Mitchel
      Posted November 16, 2016 at 9:52 am | Permalink

      Re relations with Russia,Sky TV had a report from Latvia last night,a town near the Russian border.The reporter had to admit he could find no-one who thought a Russian invasion was even remotely likely-and given Sky’s neo-con affiliations I’m sure he would have searched high and low in support of the narrative.

      Just who is pushing this garbage and why are certain MPs and other Establishment figures promoting it and others not challenging it?

  14. Roy Grainger
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    Trump’s energy policy of promoting oil production and fossil fuel use (enabled by him appointing a so-called “denier” to run the EPA) will make the poor old EU even more uncompetitive – UK needs to push on with fracking.

    • Mark B
      Posted November 15, 2016 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

      Yep ! And once the USA becomes more tax friendly a lot of USA companies will be relocating back. Bad news for Ireland and more mouth to feed for those we, hopefully, will be leaving behind.

  15. battleaxe
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    ” A leaked Memo ”
    The Conservative Government is cowardly and lacking in leadership if it doesn’t stop BBC unfettered power pronto.

    • Denis Cooper
      Posted November 16, 2016 at 12:14 am | Permalink

      The Times kicked it off and they are at it again with tomorrow’s edition.

  16. Antisthenes
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    As long as Trump does not impose high tariffs to protect domestic producers he will have economic success if he implements his other initiatives. Free trade, sensible tax and regulation regimes are complimentary. That way the consumer is protected and any current account deficits are returned in the form of capital investments that brings more jobs and prosperity. He should tackle the 20 trillion US debt as a priority in the way the Conservatives are doing for our high unsustainable deficit and debt. Although he has not said that he will.

    If he is a true conservative he will indeed look to the private sector to solve the appalling mess the public sector have created in infrastructure, education, healthcare, immigration and the like. The list is long because the public sector has taken upon itself so many responsibilities and in the process impoverished their quality. The UK would do well to do the same. The Conservatives are trying but have much more to accomplish than they already have. Without Clinton at least the rot will not be accelerated and hopefully Trump will stop it and reverse it. He is no small government convert so maybe not, only time will tell.

    The MSM as usual are latching onto every Trump utterance which to me at this stage does not tell us much. Actions speak louder than words and we will not see any of that until after January 20th. Reserving judgement is not their way they have to tell us now what they do not know. They are twisting his words or finding significance that I fail to discern and using it as proof of their preconceived notions and to bolster their anti Trump narrative. The left are totally shameless and childish as they continue their negative, obstructive and aggressive actions all because they lost. Throwing toys out of the pram is nothing compared to what they are doing.

  17. Anonymous
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    I feel that many other politicians (with the clear exception of Nigel Farage) have called the US election wrongly and have embarassed themselves. They also imperil are real chance for us to have Britain at the FRONT of the queue in trade deals.

    Some of the things we hear from UK politicians, press and TV have been patronising and downright insulting of the Americans and their President Elect.

    Mr Trump can be crude but I heard him say nothing in the campaign that was illegal or wasn’t simple common sense. The ‘locker room’ comments were certainly not as bad as the conduct of two highly regarded Democrat Presidents.

    Any failure to capitalise on this opportunity will be the fault of those supportive of the EU, as will the forthcoming power cuts (due to their adherence to EU directives.)

    Brexit will be blamed for both, however.

  18. Chris
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    A good positive contribution, Mr Redwood, and much needed as the attitude towards President elect Trump of so many of our politicians has been, in my view, unacceptable.

    Slightly O/T, but I hope you will permit it Mr Redwood as it also provides some light relief. However, it does serve to highlight the madness that we will be escaping by leaving the EU (which is heavily and successfully lobbied by those with a Green and extreme feminist agenda), and by having a common sense politician heading up the USA.

    I refer to the “gender equal snow removal policy” employed in Stockholm? No, I hadn’t heard of it either. It has apparently failed in Stockholm and caused traffic chaos and broken limbs. They are now apparently reviewing the policy. Breitbart London has the story: but the gist of it seems to be that feminists complained that snow clearing from roads (which was prioritised over clearing pavements) was discriminatory as more often men drove cars to work and women used the pavements. Excerpt from Breitbart London article:
    “….Politicians in Stockholm said the policy of “gender-equal” snow removal has failed after the weather brought Sweden’s capital to a standstill last week, with hospitals reporting a fourfold increase in broken bones.
    The city switched to a “feminist” system of clearing snow last winter but last week’s burst of snow, which threw the city into chaos, has cast doubt on its effectiveness…”.

  19. CHRISTOPHER HOUSTON
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    “We are going to start saying Christmas again. Believe me, we are going to say Christmas!”
    (The opening to one of President-Elect Trump’s huge mass rallies way back )

    A happier Christmas for many now.

    • Chris
      Posted November 15, 2016 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

      Great news!

  20. Andrew M
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Has Trump’s win and growth focus made you more bullish on global growth?

    • Lifelogic
      Posted November 16, 2016 at 7:51 am | Permalink

      Well for me yes, but it rather depends on whether he is going to go through with his protectionist, isolationist agenda which would do much harm. But cheap energy, no green crap, lower taxation and less red tape will all be a huge advantage.

      Just not having the absurd left “politics of envy and discrimination” that glass ceiling, chip on the shoulder, the state can look after every one, magic money tree Hillary would have delivered is a massive benefit in itself.

      Also not having to listen to the tedious Hillary who always sounds so dreadfully patronising must help.

  21. Battleaxe
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    The recipient of above open letter is
    1)onside with Farage
    2)appointing an ex Breitbart to team
    3)and has actually been on Infowars congratulating A.J ( a pal of D.I ) on his help winning the election.
    He gets it.

  22. Prigger
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    “Copper pipes in an ice-rink.Not good.” President Elect Trump knows what he is doing. He knows how people love to do a good job. How they love someone who knows how they work brick by brick and need the dignity of work. He’s ok.

  23. Denis Cooper
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    According to the thoroughly unpatriotic Times, an anonymous uncommissioned leaked memo claims that the government will have to recruit 30,000 more civil servants to cope with our withdrawal from the EU. Just to put that in perspective:

    http://www.civilservant.org.uk/information-numbers.html

    “The UK workforce currently totals around 31.7 million, of which …

    … around 17% (5.3 million) work in the public sector, of which …

    … only around 1.3% (416,000 – about 8% of public servants) are in the civil service.

    The number employed by the civil service has fallen by 28% since the most recent peak in early 2005.”

    So while 30,000 extra civil servants sounds a lot and it may be presented as a heavy price to pay to get out of the EU, they would actually be 0.1% of the UK workforce and would add 7% to the existing total of civil servants; in any case as our withdrawal from the EU comes to completion the numbers needed to deal with it will diminish.

  24. margaret
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    I suppose you could send it. All communications with a good intention help.

    • Hope
      Posted November 15, 2016 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

      Please forgive Cameron, Osborne and May for they know not what they did or said or why? They thought the media might like it, particularly the extreme left wing BBC.

      How will May respond when climate change and energy raises its head? He does not appear to like wind farms, he would get my vote for this alone. What if asks where are your aircraft for the aircraft carriers? What if he deports 2/3 million illegal immigrants! May’s record is the worst in UK history: hundreds of thousands each year, plus refugees, asylum seekers and illegals! And hundreds of thousands lost to her system! The U.K. allows murderers and serial offenders from the EU to enter the U.K. to commit further crimes. She has no power to stop it yet advocated for it by voting to remain!

      Will they have anything in common and does number 10 want to revise- she does not need a third person?

      • Hope
        Posted November 15, 2016 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

        You might add we do not need a wall as we have a moat but May is still acting incompetently over immigration to the public’s outrage. Labour want more of the same, best they keep a distance from him.

  25. Stuart Beaker
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    Good. At least yours is one political voice which has not been compromised by unfair, unwise or unwanted comments. Your consistency is admirable. I wish you could have more effect within the government itself.

  26. Iain Gill
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    Wouldn’t you be better chatting to Nigel?

  27. ian
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Open letter to the neo liberal con party, you do not need HS2, that will only run bad experts people around the country going seminars to talk BS, What people need is electric,factories that manufacture goods with machinery and transport for the goods.

  28. CHRISTOPHER HOUSTON
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    In one factory I know, workers worked like machine parts. The process required it. The manager came down from his office one day and stood upright for 5 minutes in the one square foot, literally, that was not being used. He was not in the way. Every worker appreciated he knew their job and said so.
    Mr Trump, would not have done that. He would have thought how to use the one square foot. How to make the workers’ jobs a bit more interesting thus cutting down on sick-days and labour-turnover. He is the man!

  29. Mike Stallard
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Dere Mista Redwood,
    Ta muchly.
    Yrs. The donald.

    Such is the view of Mr Trump that many liberals enjoy. They are about – as you hint – to be surprised, very surprised!

    • ian wragg
      Posted November 15, 2016 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

      I see your mate RN is rowing back on the EEA/EFTA tack. he’s just realised it would become a destination not a pit stop.

      • Chris
        Posted November 15, 2016 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

        I have posted that point on his site for some months now (the danger of the EEA as an interim step). His Flexcit may be a suitable economic interim solution, but I believe it is also political suicide and therefore not viable. The problem is that RN apparently refuses to recognise the role that mass immigration has played in influencing people’s votes and apparently claims it is relatively speaking not that important. That is flawed, I believe.

  30. Battleaxe
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Solving the BBC thing is like getting out of the EU.

    It can be made impossible or easy depending on whose doing it and any hidden agendas being brought out into the open ( World Service or whatever)

    T May should appoint JR to solve it.

    • Anonymous
      Posted November 15, 2016 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

      Do you really think T May is trying to get us out of the EU ?

    • Mitchel
      Posted November 16, 2016 at 9:55 am | Permalink

      Same with immigration.Willpower is all that is required – and currently lacking.

  31. bluedog
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Very mischievous of Nigel Farage to insert himself into the relationship with the US. Congratulations to Mrs May for standing firm and shutting him out, one wonders who the fools were in the Cabinet who apparently wanted to use him. Can’t they see the dangers? If Hillary Clinton is in trouble for using an unsecured server while on US business, how would it go with the Special Relationship being managed on Farage’s laptop? Does he use the very good Kaspersky anti-virus programmes, whose founder used to work for ‘a Russian multi-disciplinary research institute’? It’s a grossly irresponsible and egotistical suggestion from a man who has yet to win a seat in the British parliament, much less be a member of the British government.

  32. Eleanor Justice
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    A cry for help from all the voters the left liberals despise .In both America and England and I say England because we are the forgotten ones the English vote won the out campaign and that has made the England haters very cross. Oh dear how sad never mind.

    • Chris
      Posted November 15, 2016 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

      Do not despair. If the atmosphere in the wider blogosphere is anything to go by, the genie is out of the bottle. Nigel Farage said that over in the US as well as in the UK, and he has an uncanny knack of being proved right.

  33. HeardTrump
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    There was nothing you might call “individual-worker-orientated” with the Democrats. They spoke about people in kind of blocks. No reference to actual hour by hour minute by minute life of the individuals they wanted to vote for them. The reason was they did not know about work.
    Mr Trump, you feel, could describe every …not aspect of your job…but just how it hurts your fingers sometimes when you type too long, or how your back aches if sit in front of a pc too long or how your hands get cut when you shovel, how dirt gets into the wound and how you have to work with it all day long. Takes so long to heal and keeps breaking open.
    I feel however it can be, he will get people jobs. He’ll make it work.

  34. Builder
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    “The large infrastructure programme can be substantially financed in the private sector, where the US has a tradition of user charges and tolls”

    The infrastructure programme will go on. It is necessary. As Mr Trump pointed out in his rallies, the bridges need fixing. So too the roads. He did not say where the money was coming from, directly, because the work HAS to be done irrespective. Improving infrastructure is not on his wish list. It’s on his must list.

    In fact you can find all what Mr Trump is going to do from his rallies. Although in his early rallies which are very numerous indeed and ad-lib, and beautiful, so nice,he had already discussed with his team of experienced people the Possible.

  35. Denis Cooper
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    “EU crafts defence plan in Trump’s shadow”

    https://euobserver.com/foreign/135905

    “Mogherini said that the EU military rethink pre-dated the US vote and began after last year’s Paris terrorist attacks.”

    • Chris
      Posted November 15, 2016 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

      I think a lot of us knew that, but not, apparently. many of our MPs, who seemed to flatly deny it. Thank goodness for the internet.

      • Denis Cooper
        Posted November 16, 2016 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

        And the UK government is not opposing it.

  36. Embarristering
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    It has been said. But the wrong man said it (Farage ). Tory Ministers have been rude. It needs the PM to sack every single Cabinet Member who has said a word against Mr Trump. No, not the ones expressing a democratic personal opinion. But the ones who intimated Mr Trump is a racist. ( amongst other things )
    The fact Mr Trump has got a very long history of making friends and business associates from everyone on earth; that he chose to marry persons of different ethnicities;that his daughter is of the Jewish Faith;that his son-in-law is of the Jewish Faith;that the very first people to compliment him on his becoming President elect were his muslim high ranking friends and the President of Israel
    Cabinet Ministers have just the same access if not more to the full speeches and two-hour long unscripted rallies of tens of thousands of multi-racial and multi-religious followers. Therefore cabinet ministers have …etc ed

  37. AboutTime
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    UK government action on the BBC, Sky News and CNN based in the UK should be undertaken. They deliberately clipped the prelude and final wording of Mr Trump’s very clear statement on banning muslims from the USA with the intention, ongoing, of making Mr Trump, appear to be racist. It is against British law to call people racist unless they obviously are so.And even then…(!)
    His full statement is clearly not racist. The BBC, Sky News and CNN heard the speech and the statement was put on the Trump Facebook page in full.
    The fact Mr Trump is extremely tolerant and brushes such nasty comments aside as did the overwhelming multi-cultural vote which he received is neither here nor there. These institutions and journalists broke UK law.There is a notable person in London too who also did so repeatedly.

  38. MothersLittleHelper
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    Labour is having problems with arguments ( surprise! )
    The problem is every Jack and Jill and their dog are disagreeing with them. EU, Economy, loony pc talk ( that is drum rolls of-phobic -phobia,-ist-ism )
    All their arguments of necessity have to acknowledge the obvious truth and everyone awaits “But…”
    So a Think tank of Corbynists which is one of the purist oxymorons of all time has been distributing terms equivalent to “But” to members but without using the word “but” Naturally enough they haven’t come up with many so far, due to their being somewhat challenged in speaking anything at all.
    Examples so far of words : Nevertheless, however, yet, though,
    Examples of phrases The alternative is..; a more positive option is; much more to the question is…
    But most of them are still puzzled how “”yet” can be used instead of “but”. It’s been passed from their Regional organisations for an answer to the NEC but they’re still pondering it and are yet to come up with an answer.

  39. Tad Davison
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    I agree and well said.

    I would not, and did not, criticise Donald Trump either, but I was, and still am openly and bitterly critical of the neo-con sponsored self-serving HRC’s of this world, and I hope there are more instances of neo-liberal kicking still to come – not least in France and possibly even Germany itself.

    When one sees the massive weight of state machinery and ‘bought’ broadcasters that seem to want to promote a one-world globalist agenda, it is healthy that people can see through its failings, and actively vote against it. It does much to restore one’s faith in the power of the people.

    Mr Trump may or may not yet succeed in his stated ambitions and only time will tell, but perhaps it needs a non-politician to put things right and we should at least lend him our encouragement.

    By contrast, Obama came to power with a fanfare, with both him and his supporters assuring us that ‘Change has come to America’. Really. When was that then?

    That’s a pretty low bar for Mr Trump to overcome.

    Tad Davison

    Cambridge

  40. Denis Cooper
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    I hope that the three lines of the Bill reported here:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-37986591

    include Bill Cash’s famous “magic words”:

    “… notwithstanding the European Communities Act 1972”

    or the government could find itself back in the courts addressing fresh complaints that the new Act is inadequately expressed to overcome that “constitutional” statute.

    I also don’t see why the government should wait until after the Supreme Court judgment before introducing it in the Commons, rather than doing that at the earliest opportunity and getting it moving; indeed there must be a risk that the bad losers have already drawn up newly contrived complaints ready to email to the EU’s Court of Justice within seconds of the UK Supreme Court saying that it has found for the government.

    • Denis Cooper
      Posted November 16, 2016 at 12:31 am | Permalink

      In view of Lady Hale’s view that the Supreme Court should be able to tell Parliament how to legislate it may be better to also add a bit along the lines of:

      “In accordance with Article IX of the Bill of Rights 1688 no provision of this Act may be questioned in any court in the United Kingdom on any grounds whatever”.

      She’s now revealed for all to see the sheer hypocrisy of those who claim that their legal actions are just intended to defend the sovereignty of Parliament.

  41. Chris S
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    Not necessarily for publication

    I hope you don’t mind me making a suggestion for your indispensible Diary :

    As there seems to be a Brexit news or scare story every day, it must be hard for you to keep up with them if you have to write a blog entry in order for them to be discussed and commented upon here.

    Many of the regular contributors appear to be very well connected and extremely knowledgeable, so knowledgeable that one can’t help but speculate as to who they really are. As ever, their input is an extremely useful contribution to the ongoing debate on this most important subject..

    To make life a little easier, you could run a continuous Brexit News column alongside the other items about which you wish to write about yourself. That would also help ensure that contributors to your other threads stay on topic.

    The ongoing Brexit Column could always be positioned as the second item in your list of topics, ensuring that it did not detract from other important issues you wish to post, while providing the outlet many of us would like to see. Contributors could be encouraged to create a heading for their post so everyone would know the subject they intend to discuss.

    Best Regards

    Chris Sheldrake

  42. NA
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Just to make my position crystal clear. I do not support political violence, I hate violence. I support the real Conservative Party and believe we have good parliamentary democracy, most of the time, which I want to strengthen and support.

    • Mitchel
      Posted November 16, 2016 at 10:01 am | Permalink

      The Establishment has to believe that in the last resort there is a credible threat of political violence otherwise what is to stop them constantly ignoring the will of the people?Isn’t that why in the USA the right to bear arms is seen as the best way of keeping in check an overweaning government- and equally why the globalist liberal left wish to remove that right.

      As Trotsky wrote :Revolutions are impossible until they are inevitable.

  43. NA
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    Why do people believe the things they see on TV and read in the papers? Don’t you all know if they think you will believe anything they will start creating fictional stories and narratives. And legalize it. Get their useful idiots to play the opposition.

  44. NA
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    I have sent him this letter.
    I recommend Dr J Redwood lead a delegation on MPs to meet Trump so he knows we are not all like Scameron.

  45. a-tracy
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    I hope Mr. Trump promotes suitably qualified and able women and ethnic minorities to decent positions and finally sorts out some of the awful racial tensions we’ve been reading about in America for the past few years especially with regard to policing.

    John, when consultants work on any project with the UK government are they security vetted or not? Do they sign the official secrets act or not? Can the consultant of Deloitte be prosecuted for presenting a memo in such a way it appeared to our most distinguished press and the BBC to be an official document for Government?

    There has been much talk about consultants being required to work with our Government on Brexit, I don’t think this should be done at all without sufficient safeguards to our Nations interests.

  46. Joe Ellis
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    Great letter

  47. Richard Hobbs
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    I like this.
    How can you be sure that Mr. Trump gets to see it?

    • Hen
      Posted November 15, 2016 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

      I’ll make sure Mr Trump sees this. In fact he already has.

    • Chris
      Posted November 15, 2016 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

      I can give you an obvious reply! (and of course that is the point of all the recent goings on).

  48. NA
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    I am going now, all I am trying to do is get people to behave better. Thats all. Those of us with the Holy Spirit can see through all the media deceptions and tricks.

  49. synth54
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    Why have a TV ?
    You can get all news online free.
    You can still watch channel 4 and itv on catch up legally and free.
    You can watch old films and tv series on youtube
    Haven’t watched TV for 10 years plus

    • KermetThroats
      Posted November 15, 2016 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

      I like comparing. Now I’ve seen who on TV lies and how they lie and what they do with recorded interviews to lie about Trump I can see those fake frog in throat interviewers shown on TV..in other areas…about the Middle East or whatever other new “must help them” war they want us to believe.
      People on BBC,Sky News and CNN are very good actors, really, and it is a pity they did not get the opportunity to work in proper work in EastEnders and Coronation Street. You can’t win ’em all!

  50. acorn
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    My fellow number crunchers in the EU, reckon today’s post and comments, as at 16:46 GMT, are some of the best laughs they have had from this site; and, they have had a lot of laughs from comments to your site lately JR. Redwood’s Jurassic Park, was one comment, to put it politely.

    My / our mission, is to rebut neo-liberalism where ever we find it. Frankly, at this moment, I am not sure which side you are batting for. You appear to be shifting; but, I am not sure in which direction! All the best to you and yours. If you ever see the light and embrace MMT (Modern Monetary Theory), I am available to be your bag carrier.

    • Edward2
      Posted November 16, 2016 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

      It’s about self determination
      It’s a rejection of Globalisation
      It’s about a resurgance of a more local and accountable democracy
      In effect….power to the people

  51. ian
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    i do not know how people vote for liberal animals, all i can say is the non voters have got it right.

  52. TelepathyofTheLeader
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    I bet Trump gets quite an amount of fan mail. I would write to him. But he knows exactly what I think.

  53. Christopher Hudson
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    In times like these it’s wise to expect the unexpected

  54. CHRISTOPHER HOUSTON
    Posted November 16, 2016 at 1:37 am | Permalink

    In the last 15 months President-Elect Donald Trump has spoken in the physical presence, in sight, and hearing, of far more people than the combined Government representatives of Republican and Democrats, the 650 MPs of the House of Commons and whatever figure for those in the House of Lords… in all their lives
    In his last day of campaigning he spoke to crowds in seven different locations; one alone of them 32,000 people attended. Not counting the ones outside the venue who could not get in.

    More people who are actually dead voted for the Democratic Party than any MP as ever spoken to in his or her life. A sobering thought.

  55. Amanda
    Posted November 16, 2016 at 5:49 am | Permalink

    Good Letter. Please send it.

  56. CHRISTOPHER HOUSTON
    Posted November 16, 2016 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    JR Sent your Open Letter via a link via a tweet to Mr Trump’s Official Twitter Account, just now. He has 15.2 million followers. I’ve asked him to read it.

  57. ChrisS
    Posted November 17, 2016 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    A direct quote from the Guardian this morning :

    “In the wake of Donald Trump’s election victory, the Obama visit has been declared a symbolic passing of the baton, crowning Merkel, in the parlance of the cold war era, the new “leader of the free world””.

    Can anyone find a more ludicrous response to the election of Donald Trump than this ?

    Could anyone genuinely even contemplate Merkel as the leader of the Free World ?
    Her period in power has been characterised by indecision at every level and steering well away from anything needing leadership.

    She hasn’t been able to make her mind up decisively about anything except opening the doors to migrants and screwing the Greeks to save her banks!

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