Happy Christmas

A happy Christmas to all my readers.

There will be no other message today  but feel free to write in as usual if you wish.

Normal service tomorrow.

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35 Comments

  1. Prigger
    Posted December 25, 2016 at 5:29 am | Permalink

    JR you gave forewarning a little time ago that you would write about future infrastructure in the USA when details come to light. This interview by BNN with Greg Kelly, President of U.S. operations at WSP Global gives some details of likely targets geographically and otherwise.
    Mr Kelly is right about stock movements. Most I have looked at have made 5-10% increase in price, recently. Likely to drop back in my opinion as these are early days and it takes a while to arrange and sign contracts then actually start.

    sector-is-optimistic-about-a-trump-presidency~996650

  2. Mark B
    Posted December 25, 2016 at 5:58 am | Permalink

    Good morning and a Merry Christmas to our kind host and all those that contribute and read here.

    You will forgive me but, I have had most of all my wishes granted earlier in the year so not much more to celebrate today, and that is not a complaint. 🙂

  3. Duyfken
    Posted December 25, 2016 at 6:19 am | Permalink

    The year-end is a time for making lists and reviewing the past 12 months, and presently
    there is some debate over the amount of influence various persons and organisations wielded to arrive at the BREXIT referendum result. I have tried to list those in my own estimation and in consequence feel it was not just the Brexiteers who swung the result, but just as much the inept contributions provided by many Remainers.

    Here are my crude lists (with apologies for not including various persons who were strongly in evidence behind the scenes):

    LEAVE Campaigners

    John Redwood (top of my list and would have reached a wider audience if with a touch of the Bojo knockabout style to get his heavyweight arguments registering)
    Bill Cash (and other Tory “bastards”)
    Jimmy Goldsmith (remember the Referendum Party?)
    Nigel Farage (sine que non)
    Dan Hannan
    Boris Johnson (eventually)
    Michael Gove, IDS
    Gisela Stuart
    Others

    Main REMAIN campaigners increasing the LEAVE vote (whenever they opened their mouths or appeared on our TV screens, the more LEAVE benefited)

    Bob Geldoff (and his ilk, eg Charlotte Church)
    Matthew Parris
    Nicholas Soames
    Eddie Izzard (such an embarrassment I even feel sorry for him) and Russell Brand
    George Osborne
    David Cameron
    Barack Obama
    That guilty IMF woman
    EU – Juncker, Schulz, Verhofstadt et al
    Merkel
    Hollande
    CBI
    Branson
    Sir John Major
    Tony Blair
    Dinosaurs: Michael Heseltine and Kenneth Clark
    Stuart Rose
    Soubry
    etc

    Mention might also be made of those who dared not show their face. There are many, including so many MPs frightened to step out and away from the Party line or indeed to stay with it. Top (or is it bottom?) prize must go to:

    Shamefully stayed under the radar

    Theresa May
    (Runner-up would be Jeremy Corbyn)

    Season’s greetings to you.

    • Lifelogic
      Posted December 25, 2016 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

      May hardly stayed under the radar she tried to trick the nation into a remain vote by lying to then that they had control of their borders through Schengen while in the EU. Something that as Home Secretary she could hardly have honestly believed. She may not be too bright but she is certainly clever enough to know that was a direct lie.

      She is rather under the radar know though.

    • ChrisS
      Posted December 25, 2016 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

      Good choices but Soubry should be almost at the top of the Remain list !!!!

      No disrespect, but Nigel Farage should top the Leavers. After all, there would have been no referendum but for his dogged determination. He is the one Politician I can think of anywhere in the democratic world that has ended their political career in triumph.?

      Looking to 2017, there is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that our host should be one of our top Brexit negotiators.

      Here’s wishing our host and everyone posting here a successful 2017. The quality of the debate and the knowledge demonstrated here is second to none, thank you one and all.

    • Lifelogic
      Posted December 26, 2016 at 9:56 am | Permalink

      Also add to the remain camp the Bbc, the Ft, most of the IoD, academia, channel 4. Nearly all of the state sector and most of the current cabinet Chancellor and Pm.

  4. Robert Petulengro
    Posted December 25, 2016 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    Just to wish you a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

  5. Lifelogic
    Posted December 25, 2016 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    Staying at a small family run hotel in Italy I am struck by how wrong food in the UK so often is, especially in hotels. Antipasto, primi course (three choices), seconds (three choices) chosen in the morning for the evening then mainly fruit for pudding. I am more than happy with any of the choices, as are all the many children. All are healthy options too. Excellent and cheap house wine too.

    No chips, chicken nuggets, industrial food, onion rings or deep fat fryers to be seen (or smelled) anywhere. In the U.K. It is endless choice but little one would actually want to eat. This despite the excellent UK produce available.

    Happy Christmas

    • Lifelogic
      Posted December 25, 2016 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

      Free water (fizzy or otherwise) too so the children are happy without cokes and the likes.

      We need more free water in the UK too in public places and restaurants (perhaps paid for by a small cover charge). Fountains like public toilets and libraries now seem to be beyond Local Authorities. Far too busy paying large salaries and gold plated pensions to its senior workers to bother I suppose . This while mugging motorists, council tax payers and anyone else they can to fund them.

      More free water would be far better than IHT ratter’s moronic, parasitic job creation scheme, the sugar tax!

      I hear there is a charity that wants to provide more water fountains, perhaps I shall look them up.

      • Bob
        Posted December 27, 2016 at 10:19 am | Permalink

        @lifelogic

        ” there is a charity that wants to provide more water fountains”

        a sign of the times when public services need to be funded by charity, while we pay such huge amounts of tax.

  6. Old Albion
    Posted December 25, 2016 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you and your family JR.
    Thanks again for allowing us all to voice our thoughts directly on this blog.

  7. DaveM
    Posted December 25, 2016 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Happy Christmas Mr R.

  8. The Prangwizard
    Posted December 25, 2016 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    And a Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    And all your followers here.

  9. agricola
    Posted December 25, 2016 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Thank you for giving us an outlet for our often shared political frustrations. Much as government would benefit from your participation, it would put an end to your diary, and a means for us to respond daily to the peculiarities of politics as they unfold.

    To reduce your workload why not just think of a title followed by please comment. It might take the pressure off twice a week.

    Wishing you a well deserved day off with your family and a New Year that fulfils our desires.

  10. Sean
    Posted December 25, 2016 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy and Merry Christmas Mr John Redwood.

  11. Yosarion
    Posted December 25, 2016 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    When the SNP said if they won their referendum they would expect a proportional asset assessment when they left and reimbursed with the Gelt, Why when we leave the EU we are told that we owe them 50 Billion case dismissed with no reflection on the infrastructure that our monies have gone towards in both Brussels and Strasbourg.

  12. Sandra Zuccaro
    Posted December 25, 2016 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas John and thank you for all your hard work and being one of the most brilliant politicians in the United Kingdom.

  13. Ed Mahony
    Posted December 25, 2016 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    Happy Christmas!

    (Currently listening to Bach’s Christmas Oratorio – Christmas music with a bit of oomph: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98UjjwzJBFE&t=4281s)

  14. roger parkin
    Posted December 25, 2016 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family John.
    Many thanks for your incisive and factual articles that not only gives us so much pleasure in reading but provides us with an important vehicle to discuss important issues on a daily basis.
    Your blog is my first port of call every morning. Thank you.

    • fedupsoutherner
      Posted December 26, 2016 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

      @Roger Parkin

      My first port of call also Roger. Hope you had a very happy Christmas John.

  15. Bert Young
    Posted December 25, 2016 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    John well done this year . Your efforts were to good effect and always most welcome . Across the Channel – where there are many old friends , I also extend my good wishes ( PvL included ).

  16. Peter Stroud
    Posted December 25, 2016 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    A very merry Christmas and happy New Year to you John Redwood and your family. Thank you for consistently expressing the views of many true Conservatives in our great country. Keep up the good work in 2017.

  17. Deborah
    Posted December 25, 2016 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Merry Christmas John and many thanks for you indefatigable work. Very much appreciated as the country will strive to prosperity in the coming years.

  18. Jumeirah
    Posted December 25, 2016 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Mr. Redwood
    Thanks for being our MP and long may that continue as your work is nowhere near done. Thanks also for championing our cause which is to leave the EU (taking back control and ALL that that means) which work will only just begin once A50 is triggered.
    Merry Xmas to you and your family.

    Many thanka and happy Christmas

  19. ian
    Posted December 25, 2016 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    I fine it really unbelievable that people especially the wealthy and most politicians blame the homeless people for their situation, sometimes it is their fault but mainly it is the direction that politicians take society that made people homeless, you only have to make a few mistakes in life these days and you are finished like the bedroom tax, just sitting there minding your business as you have been doing for years and then all of a sudden you fine yourself in the gutter and you have done nothing wrong.

    • Bob
      Posted December 27, 2016 at 10:39 am | Permalink

      @ian

      “wealthy and most politicians blame the homeless people for their situation”

      As in most areas of life it is rarely black or white, there are all kinds of reasons for homelessness.
      Their situations range from people that need a temporary helping hand to those that are beyond help.

      Let us pray:

      “Lord grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”


      Amen

  20. Edward2
    Posted December 25, 2016 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Mr Redwood for your wonderful and interesting daily articles.
    The first thing I usually read in the morning.
    It has been an exciting and historic year for those of us who have waited decades for a referendum and I thank you for your tireless efforts to achieve our freedom and independence

  21. Tom William
    Posted December 25, 2016 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for your insights and wisdom over the past year. Will 2016 be as famous as 1848?

    Christmas and New Year Greetings.

  22. o
    Posted December 25, 2016 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Mr. Redwood, I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and safe 2017.

    I thank you for all your hard work on Brexit and hope it will be rewarded by the triggering of Article 50 by the end of March 2017 as promised.

  23. Original Richard
    Posted December 25, 2016 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    Mr. Redwood, I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and safe 2017.

    I thank you for all your hard work on Brexit and hope it will be rewarded by the triggering of Article 50 by the end of March 2017 as promised.

  24. Anna
    Posted December 25, 2016 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    Best wishes to JR and family for Christmas and the New Year.

    As a reluctant and now regretful remainer who succumbed to Project Fear I have been uplifted and energised by JR’s incisive, authoritative and positive comments on Brexit. Correctly handled ( i.e. by paying attention to JR) the negotiations on leaving the EU could pave the way for an exciting and positive future for us as Britons and Europeans, no longer under the yoke of Brussels.

  25. Message of Hope
    Posted December 25, 2016 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    The Archbishop of Canterbury should be told that whether he goes by the Gregorian or Julian calendar it is highly likely Christ was born on or about 25th December and not crucified on that date. He should take a leaf out of Chancellor Hammond’s book and cheer up!
    Merry ……….Christmas!

  26. getahead
    Posted December 26, 2016 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    New Year’s greetings John. Thank you for being articulate and determined.

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