Postings to this site

I have been extremely busy for the last two days with a lot of activity in the Commons and many votes to attend to.

I am currently unable to handle the volume of postings from some people, and the length of many postings. Where people have posted many and long postings I am deleting some to reduce the backlog. Some people do get away with a lot of short postings, because I moderate the short ones first. I do not delete based on whether they are pro or anti. I do delete posts that make unfair or unproven allegations against anyone, whatever their politics.

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  1. Adam
    Posted June 14, 2018 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    Sensibly balanced efficiency.

  2. Fedupsoutherner
    Posted June 14, 2018 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Sorry John. Will try to accommodate in future. I think people are so angry with everything at the moment they just want to get it off their chests.

    • Stephen Priest
      Posted June 14, 2018 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

      I would be handy if we could amend or delete a posting after we’ve posted it.

      I only spot my speling misteaks and keyyyying errors after I’ve posted it.

      • Bob
        Posted June 17, 2018 at 8:55 am | Permalink

        @Stephen Priest
        I’m the same. I check what I’ve written, click submit and then immediately spot the typo, it’s quite odd.

  3. Ed Mahony
    Posted June 14, 2018 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Thank you, sir, and apologies for writing ranting posts.

  4. ian
    Posted June 14, 2018 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    I an still fully behind Mrs T. May on Brexit, withdrawal bill or no withdrawal bill, never like it anyway, as I have said before and I do not care about the border in Ireland, border or no border is all the same to me.

    • getahead
      Posted June 14, 2018 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

      Then why bother?

  5. ChrisS
    Posted June 14, 2018 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    I’m sure all the regulars really appreciate your kindness is allowing us to comment here.
    You have several times said you only wanted to receive one post on each subject yet on many topics, some regulars are posting 5, 6 or even more contributions.

    To be fair to everyone and keep your workload down, why don’t you simply delete every second and subsequent post submitted by an individual on each subject ?

    The only exceptions should be replies to others and all posts by Denis as his are always interesting and are invariably a valuable contribution to the discussion !

    • getahead
      Posted June 14, 2018 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

      Lifelogic has a special dispensation!

      • ChrisS
        Posted June 15, 2018 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

        It’s very noticeable how certain contributors are allowed much more leeway in their number of submissions and posts from them and others are put onto the site much quicker than others !

        One wonders just how many contributors here are actually politicians or political friends of our host posting under a pseudonym…..

        • ChrisS
          Posted June 15, 2018 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

          It was very good of you to publish my last comment, especially without a reply or rebuttal !

          Exactly who is Lifelogic ?

          • Bob
            Posted June 17, 2018 at 8:59 am | Permalink


            “Exactly who is Lifelogic ?”

            I don’t know, but I wish he were prime minister!

      • Fedupsoutherner
        Posted June 15, 2018 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

        Gatahead. Yes, Life Logic should get his postings in. He talks common sense!!

  6. Nig l
    Posted June 14, 2018 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    I think you should have a break for a couple of days at least until something meaningful emerges that changes the dynamic. We/the whole argument is just going round and round.

    • agricola
      Posted June 14, 2018 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

      Good idea, two posts a week on pertinent subject might give everyone greater thinking time and like you time to digest everyone’s ideas.

  7. Ron Olden
    Posted June 14, 2018 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    On a lighter note, the ECB has announced the end of its’ Bond purchasing program. So I suppose this to marks the official end of the financial/banking crisis.

    The UK and the US Central Banks stopped our own Bond purchasing programs some time ago. The USA might even be on the verge of unwinding some of their QE.

    The only thing that worries me about this now, is how is are the Italians and Greeks going to manage. These Bond purchases were an important feature of financing their national debts.

    If no one will buy their Bonds what will become of the Euro?

  8. Tad Davison
    Posted June 14, 2018 at 2:02 pm | Permalink


    It’s an unfortunate consequence that when you are busily engaged with important parliamentary business, especially anything to do with the EU, contributors to this site feel compelled to have their say. We are grateful for the opportunity to say anything at all, and I for one could write reams. Alas, I do try to keep my own contributions brief, but how will the executive ever know when they are in error if they don’t get feedback?

    Somebody has to tell them, and that goes for the media too! For evil to triumph, all good men need do is nothing at all, so we can’t just sit on our hands.

    I do agree though, some very valid points could be made more succinctly.


    • Chris
      Posted June 16, 2018 at 11:19 am | Permalink

      You make very valid points, Tad. Websites like these assume huge significance when you have a government that apparently does not listen and which is quite prepared not to uphold democracy and instead fudge or reverse Brexit. That is why contributors are frantic, post frequently, often with strongly worded comments, in order to try to get a message through, not only to government but to Tory Brexiter MPs to get their act together.

  9. Newmania
    Posted June 14, 2018 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    ‘By thy long grey beard and glittering eye,
    Now wherefore stopp’st thou me?

    • L Jones
      Posted June 14, 2018 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

      ”Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt…”

      And so – bring on Brexit! (Don’t worry, Newmania, and other Remainders – it’ll be to our advantage, if only we all get behind our country.)

    • eeyore
      Posted June 14, 2018 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

      A sadder and a wiser man
      He rose the morrow morn.

    • Dennis Zoff
      Posted June 15, 2018 at 9:19 am | Permalink

      “time for honest men to stand up and fight the good fight, less they hide and with them the truth!”

    • Narrow shoulders
      Posted June 15, 2018 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

      Time to rid ourselves of the albatross methinks

  10. margaret
    Posted June 14, 2018 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Your seat on the second row of the rt side of the house. Is it yours because of habit or is it saved for you?

  11. agricola
    Posted June 14, 2018 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Problem is you are suffering from success. Take “In the customs doldrums again”. You write over 400 words, I reply with just over 200.What is the point of one line replies that reduce the process to that of an idiot reporter shouting questions to the PM as she gets in her car. Why, for being only half the length of your original, condemn the writers of a well thought out piece. The alternative is a written heckle. It is, I would have thought, that you get good feedback in reply to your own thoughts. Liken it to checking the temperature before jumping in the pool.

    • L Jones
      Posted June 14, 2018 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

      Because that ”idiot reporter” is only one of many. As is each of the commenters here. Dr Redwood cannot be expected to field us all – no matter how ”well thought out” our comments are.

      Cut him some slack! At least we are able to voice our opinions to someone who understands! (Perhaps one day he’ll be in a position to take on board our hopes and wishes, and those of the majority…. No, Andy, I mean Brexiteers.)

      • margaret
        Posted June 15, 2018 at 9:17 am | Permalink

        A few words or a few lines can often say a lot more than 200 words of repetitive waffle. Take the above quote from the Ancient Mariner to exemplify current goings on .

        • Know-Dice
          Posted June 15, 2018 at 10:58 am | Permalink

          Agreed, in one wordish!!!

  12. Mike Wilson
    Posted June 14, 2018 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    Well it looks as though some of your colleagues in the Conservative Party are going to sell out the people of this country and see to it that the referendum result is to be ignored. Why can a handful of people frustrate the wishes of 17.4 million people? Call it democracy? Why are those people calling all the shots? Surely it is time we had action from the Leave side.

    Is there an alternative? If May is defeated – why not just say to parliament ‘you want to frustrate the will of the people! Very well. We DO NOTHING. On 29th March 2019 we will leave the EU. That die is cast. If you want us to leave without further negotiation – so be it!’

  13. Iain Gill
    Posted June 14, 2018 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    Good luck

    For info some skilled ex pat Brits that were planning to come back here to work have changed their minds, they will be staying away, so disgusted are they by the failure to get on with a proper Brexit and relaxation of immigration rules was the final straw.

    So unintended consequence of immigration change will be harder to find skills not easier

    The liberal elite running the country are completely clueless

  14. alan jutson
    Posted June 14, 2018 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    Guess I’ve written one too long for todays posting, will try harder next time, but as agricola suggests, I try to avoid just a rant without explanation..

  15. getahead
    Posted June 14, 2018 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    John you so good, much appreciated.

    • getahead
      Posted June 14, 2018 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

      do good

      • getahead
        Posted June 14, 2018 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

        And I only wish I was as articulate as you John and also as some of the commenters here. As long as they are of a similar persuasion of course.

  16. Prigger
    Posted June 14, 2018 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    BBC Question Time
    The Panel showed itself up with their collective and individual assessments of Trump. So much so that it is difficult to believe that any of their opinions on other matters, even if one shares them, were in their cases reached by logical thought and study.

    One was left feeling sorry for them for they appear to have strands and anchor ropes of rote learning which they are adept linguistically in disguising as the product of actual unhindered clear thinking.

    Trump’s consistency and indeed his predictability are evidenced by a full listening to his rally speeches and what they might consider “ramblings”. his ramblings are a linguistic tool far beyond their comprehension and abilities. He is a master of communication.This panel is dwarfed by his intellectuality as most of us are if we are at least bright enough and humble enough to recognise it.

    • Chris
      Posted June 16, 2018 at 11:29 am | Permalink

      President Trump is outstanding and leading his country to prosperity and freedom from shady and maligh political powers. Many of our politicians and “pundits” are either too stupid not to realise it, or are terrified by P Trump’s threat to
      1)the globalists’ plans, of which the EU is an integral instrument/tool
      2) the globalists’ power base,
      P Trump is upholding and fighting for democracy and sovereignty, and hugely significant numbers of people love it. This represents a very real threat to the power of the cultural Marxists who seem to be behind the globalists.

  17. The Big Ear
    Posted June 14, 2018 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    Dominic Grieve is an example to us all. He put his cross on a ballot paper and lost soundly. No moanings and wailings from him, every day. He’s no cry baby like the rest of them

  18. Ed Mahony
    Posted June 15, 2018 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    Today we celebrate when the Catholic England gave us Magna Carta and (and that Catholic England gave us the Monarchy and Parliament).

    Meanwhile we are subjugated to a secular, postmodernist ‘liberal’ and collective-thought England – the antithesis to Catholic England that gave us Oxford and Cambridge and that celebrated the sacredness of the individual and the individual’s ability to think for himself based on his relationship to the Logos.

  19. ian
    Posted June 15, 2018 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Getahead, the gov has the option to withdraw the withdrawal bill and put it before the lords at a later date, say 11 pm 29th of March 2019, that after negotiation has been concluded, the whole bill was passed this week and is ready to be passed into law after Brexit day.

    If the gov had any sense they would leave the trade bill as well till negotiations are finished and get on with their domestic agenda.
    No point in going into a fight you can’t win till after the fact.

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