New Year’s Honours

I would like to thank all those who have sent me kind messages on the award of a knighthood.

I am very conscious of the debt I owe all my constituents. It has been their advice, problems and issues that has provided much of the impetus to my thoughts, has influenced my contribution to the national conversation and allowed me to undertake public service. I have learned a lot from those who support me and from those who disagree with some of the views I express. It is a privilege to serve as Wokingham’s MP.

I also would like to thank All Souls College Oxford where I am a fellow. They have provided me with a platform and with academic discussion and criticism to develop views on public policy and give lectures and seminars. This too has helped develop my thinking and to make a contribution to the national debate.

I have also enjoyed offering some help to Variety, the Children’s charity, who do such good work for our community.

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134 Comments

  1. fedupsoutherner
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    Well done John. It’s a shame there aren’t more like you!! Happy new year and may it be successful in more ways than one. Here’s to Brexit – a real one.

    • Hope
      Posted December 29, 2018 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

      JR, with the greatest of respect and not a dig at you personally I think the honours list is discredited and the procedure should be scrapped. It has to be taken away from politicians and politics. They are simply untrustworthy to police themselves or set any standard for our society. It is time to drain the swamp and instil standards upon them by a proper right to recall and a truly independent discipline panel.

      Cameron promised change then May said the same. May went further and stated the U.K. to become the worlds leading meritocracy! We see how this worked out with the appointment of her remainer chief of staff without interview, the same for the head of civil service etc. She also stated reformation of social justice blah blah blah. You cannot beleive a word she says. She epitomises all that is wong with politicians and why they are re loathed by the public. We are still waiting for the promised reforms from the expense scandal ten years on!

      The number of politicians gettings honours is disproportionate to other deserving walks of life. There are so many selfless deserving people who are ignored. Also Why so many celebrities?

      • The Nudge Unit
        Posted December 30, 2018 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

        Nudge nudge John
        We always time everything strategically…….. as you know.

        • The Nudge Unit
          Posted December 30, 2018 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

          just to say this is satire, I am not the real ‘nudge unit’, I should add, just my sense of humour.

    • Gary C
      Posted December 29, 2018 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

      Agreed, congratulations and very well deserved Sir.

    • Sir Joe Soap
      Posted December 30, 2018 at 6:49 am | Permalink

      Welcome to the club!

      I’ve always maintained that we’re largely a band which have been enobled in the name of patronage, either so we will provide assistance to our leader, or for tasks already performed in their name, but against the run of the general populace. I was enobled in the wake of Sir Craig himself-an exemplar of said tendency.

      In your case, we see and trust that an exception has been made.

    • Terry Justice
      Posted January 2, 2019 at 1:32 am | Permalink

      Very many congratulations, it is long overdue. The party needs you and yours more now than ever. Would that you were P.M.

  2. BOF
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    Congratulations Sir John, and so well deserved for the good work you do and your invaluable contribution to the national debate.

    • Roger Hague
      Posted December 29, 2018 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

      Yes, I agree wholeheartedly this is an honour well deserved as you have made such a valuable contribution to public life with clear thinking about capitalising on the opportunities offered by brexit. Congratulations!

  3. Simon
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    Presumably you will now be supporting the Government as you did over Maastricht ?

    Reply, No I am not a member of the government as I then was. I did then resign in order to make the case against the Euro!

  4. Rien Huizer
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Sir John,

    Congratulations and well deserved. A man of principle, erudition and consistency, in contrast to some more opportunistic colleauges of yours.

    How should comments be addressed now? Sir, Dr or Mr?

    • Lifelogic
      Posted December 29, 2018 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

      Indeed but even more to the point the policies JR suggests do actually work unlike the over taxed, bloated government and red tape lunacy we get from the lefty dopes like May, (highest taxes for 40 years) Hammond and the even worse option of Corbyn and Mc Donnall.

      Universities are alas often a hot bed of lefty remain group think and indeed of the Catastrophic Global Warming religion. Hopefully the members of All Souls and Oxford university listen to JR on these issues.

      Cambridge central had the highest remain vote in the country. A recent ex-chancellor (the Welsh/Polish Sir Leszek Borysiewicz) was a sound and likeable chap but appallingly pro EU. Cambridge university is hugely hooked on the climate alarmism religion too especially in the non science departments. Only the sensible scientist mainly in the Maths and Physics departments think it is exaggerated tosh. The “climate scientists” or “grant seeking soothsayers” as sensible people think of them obviously go with the money.

      • Rien Huizer
        Posted December 29, 2018 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

        Brexit only for the towners then?

    • eeyore
      Posted December 29, 2018 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

      Heartwarming to see this generous tribute from Rien. His posts critical of Sir John’s position are always courteous, well-informed and worth careful reading.

      I have looked for similar comments from other anti-Brexit regulars who are happy daily to take advantage of our host’s hospitality, but have not so far seen any.

      • Len Grinds
        Posted December 30, 2018 at 7:29 am | Permalink

        I am happy to see Mr Redwood handed this honour. As Layla Moran, a highly respected MP, put it. to see this “Brexit backstabber” handed a bauble in a (I am sure, vain) attempt to muzzle him simply brings forward the day when the tawdry honours system is abolished. Congratulations John Redwood!

      • Maybot
        Posted December 30, 2018 at 9:39 am | Permalink

        +1

      • Simon Coleman
        Posted December 30, 2018 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

        You’re obviously hoping to provoke us Remainers into saying something nasty. I’m trying not to but it’s difficult. Plenty of MPs become knights, so it doesn’t seem a huge deal to me. Mr Redwood has obviously worked hard like all other MPs…and most recently he’s been working tirelessly to pile more red tape and costs on the 200,000+ UK businesses that trade largely or entirely with the EU. That’s the No Deal outcome – just ask the people who know what’s going to happen.

  5. Tweeter_L
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    May I add my congratulations too? Well-deserved recognition of an MP who comprehends the notion of public service- the people of Wokingham are fortunate indeed.
    Thank you Sir John for this very interesting and thoughtful blog over the past year, and best wishes for 2019.

  6. They Work for Us?
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Congratulations, richly deserved.
    On policy your views prove to be consistently correct and commonsense, not something likely to make you popular with the establishment whose policies are usually the opposite. Oh to have a proper Conservative Party back, populated by actual Conservatives, not Liberal, hand wringing lefties.

    • Ann Lord
      Posted December 29, 2018 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

      Too right!

  7. Know-Dice
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    Congratulations Sir Redwood of Wokingham…

    I know that you will tirelessly continue to represent your constituents to the best of your ability.

    And a very happy new year to you and your family.

    • Winnersh Resident
      Posted December 29, 2018 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

      here here. could not put it better myself….

  8. Marian Forrest
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Many congratulations, much deserved.

    • Adam
      Posted December 29, 2018 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

      JR’s investiture will formally recognise his honour. His distinguished qualities that led to it have long endured. The shining knight’s brilliance raises the standard of knighthood.

  9. BR
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    Although it is good to see your work and position recognised, I am actually disappointed that you accepted the ‘honour’.

    The honours system is now so debased that it is not a club that anyone should want to join. When you think of those that have even had their honours withdrawn for various terrible reasons (Goodwin, Saville) and other who should have them withdrawn… perhaps it should be spelled C-u-r nowadays.

    Do you really want to be associated with a bunch of entertainers, grey civil servants, fat cats and paedophiles? And perhaps be seen as the ‘token Brexiteer’ attempting to disprove that May is using the honours system to buy votes?

    I suppose, as part of ‘the establishment’, turning down an establishment award is not the done thing, but it doesn’t feel quite right to me. I’ve seen JR as a bastion of common sense and perspective, based on real-world experience so to effectively join the gravy-train set… hmmm. Enough said.

    • Nigl
      Posted December 29, 2018 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

      What a sad curmudgeonly response. Presumably nothing arrived in the post for you.

      Congratulations JR. We know when these are deserved.

    • rose
      Posted December 29, 2018 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

      The Queen still has knights. Shouldn’t she have the very best as well as the very worst?

      Just rejoice at this very good news.

    • Lifelogic
      Posted December 29, 2018 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

      We should surely rejoice that someone richly deserving of an honour has finally been given one. Even if some other choices circa 70% are somewhat suspect. That is hardly JR’s fault.

      Nigel Farage, almost alone, made UKIP that largest party in the Euro MEP elections. Without him we would never have been granted a Brexit referendum.

      I suppose his honour will be lost in the post for quite a while yet.

  10. Mark B
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Congratulations.

    • M Davis
      Posted December 29, 2018 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

      Seconded!

  11. The PrangWizard
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    I am slow off the mark with my congratulations but I offer them sincerely.

  12. Andrew GUNNING
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Warmest congratulations, Sir John. If anyone has earned this honour, you have. For our sakes, please keep it up.

  13. Edward2
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Congratulations.
    Richly deserved.

  14. Peter Farmer
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Delighted to hear of your award. Well deserved indeed. You’ve made an enourmous contribution to the national debate. Best wishes

  15. John S
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    Richly deserved unlike many of your colleagues.

  16. SecretPeople
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    Wow! Congratulations, Sir John. Your knighthood is very well deserved.

  17. Everhopeful
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    If only things had turned out differently in 1995. Seriously believe that if they had we would now be living in a sane country.
    ( Interesting that Mr Rees Mogg used that slogan again…” No change..No chance.”)

    • Lifelogic
      Posted December 29, 2018 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

      Choosing Major over JR even after his absurd ERM fiasco, not even an apology and clearly going to bury the pary showed what compete fools most Tory MPs are.

      Yet even now we have 200 Tory MPs with confidence in May!

  18. frank salmon
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Many congratulations!!!! I wonder why it has not been mentioned by the BBC?

    • TRP
      Posted December 29, 2018 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

      “John Redwood gets knighthood in New Year’s Honours list”, BBC website, 29/12/2018 00:00.

      • frank salmon
        Posted December 29, 2018 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

        Yes but not in the radio news or the TV as far as I can see…..

        • Simon Coleman
          Posted December 30, 2018 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

          Oh for God’s sake…can’t you people give the ‘BBC bias’ theme a rest, just for the New Year?

  19. short circuit
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    Sincere congratulations on your knighthood.
    One of this government’s best decisions.

  20. Peter Wood
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    If I might suggest, when you are interviewed by many from the mass media, who will mischievously seek to link your honour with possible support for the May WA proposal, you could use that as an introduction to your earlier writings here on why leaving the EU on WTO terms is the better solution!
    Hope you enjoy the attention.

  21. Davies
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations and well deserved. Happy new year to you and your family

  22. TRP
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on your knighthood, and best wishes for 2019.

  23. Stuart K
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations. A richly deserved honour, Sir John.

  24. Remington Norman
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Summa cum laude John

    Can’t remember the Mallard song but it should be entoned in celebration of your honour. Best wishes!

  25. Lorna
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations.You took the trouble to inform minds not just talking about service and the challenges facing our nation but engaging with the public in a positive manner
    Look forward to hearing more strong well informed comments as we approach Brexit

  26. Ian Murray
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Many congratulations. Very well deserved – and indeed overdue.

  27. fkc
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Many congratulations Sir John richly deserved. Keep up the good work.We are behind you all the way All the best for 2019.

  28. John Hatfield
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Because you are worth it, John, Sir.

  29. David in Kent
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on a well deserved honour, Sir John.

  30. Andrew S
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    I add my congratulations. Very well deserved.

  31. Pauline Jorgensen
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Well done John – thanks for all the help and support over the years (and in the future 😉 )

  32. lojolondon
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations, John, well deserved. I doubt it will improve on your excellent day – but feel bound to add that you are my first choice for Chancellor.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  33. Mitchel
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    My congratulations,too.Fully deserved!

    Best wishes for 2019.

  34. Nigel Seymour
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    I think they should have made you Sir Lord Redwood of Brexit. Will you be moving out of your 3 bed semi and into a small manor or castle type thingie?

    Reply I have a job to do in the Commons. No plans to move and no plans to change my views or lifestyle.

  35. Den
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations John. Deservedly won. A pity that some of those awarded such high honours are not so deserving, especially those who gain them for just doing their job say, as Civil Servants or because they did a favour for a leader or made a large donation to a Party. Just why are there so many LibDem Lords?

  36. Posted December 29, 2018 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    What a wonderful way for you to finish off the year John. So much more in store for you in 2019. Many congratulations. Keep going. Please don’t go to the HOL yet!!! Happy New Year, C

  37. mancunius
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on your knighthood, John, and even more congratulations on all the years of tireless work that have preceded it.

  38. formula57
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    What a delight to see one of the few deserving honoured. My congratulations to you.

    (I rejoice too at my own good fortune for now I am the occasional poster of comments on a knight’s diary. There is grand for you!)

  39. Ken Pitman
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    Well done John, an honour richly deserved and earned the ” proper ” way !!!!!, Congratulations.

  40. DaveK
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    BZ Sir John. Happy New Year

  41. Chewy
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations. Straight talking, not part of the government clique, a Brexiteer. How on earth did you get this award?!

  42. Lee Taylor
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations, well deserved.

  43. Michael
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations, Sir John.

    Although I’m confident you see all the pitfalls of May’s Withdrawal Agreement it would be reassuring to your many supporters, admirers and constituents to see/hear you state that you are fundamentally and unshakeably opposed to it despite your recent honour.

    The Bruges Group have published a paper “Dangers to National Security and Individual
    Freedom in Mrs May’s “withdrawal” Agreement. It would helpful to see your comments on this paper in the light of your voting intentions.

    https://www.brugesgroup.com/images/papers/dangerseusecuritytreaty.pdf

    Reply Of course. See my recent blog on the WA written after the offer of a knighthood

  44. Jacqui
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations Sir John
    The award is well deserved. We are proud to have a man of integrity and who believes in democracy as our MP. Keep up the good fight for Brexit. Hoping 2019 will be the best year yet.
    Happy New Year 🙂

    • Robert Eve
      Posted December 29, 2018 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

      Wish he was my MP!!

      I’m stuck in the Devizes constituency.

      • Pauline Jorgensen
        Posted December 30, 2018 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

        You can’t have him, we got there first!

  45. Ronald Olden
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Sometimes I agree with what John Redwood has to say, and sometimes I don’t.

    But his contributions to matters of public interest nearly always go beyond the superficial, which is more than you can say for many MPs.

    Sir John Redwood has been an MP for 31 years, and before that, we used to read about him in the context of his policy involvement.

    Contrary to what some think. he’s not been a rebel for the sake of it either. He doesn’t usually rebel on Parliamentary votes. Which is as it should be.

    MPs are there to, as far as they are able, to sustain the Government in office, and advance the platform of the party on whom’s manifesto they are elected.

    They have duty to vote with their conscience, even if it’s against their own side. But ONLY when they feel they have no alternative.

    There are MPs on the Tory side now who were elected as recently as 2010 2015 and 2017 who appear to regard themselves as ‘Independents’ and entitled to vote in accordance with their ‘whim of the week’.

    Some of them even threaten that they’ll only stay in the Party as long as the Party picks a leader they themselves dictate. Typically these people never showed any interest in being in the Conservative Party or in politics at all, until they decided they wanted to be MPs.

  46. Monty
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Can’t find the curtsey on this blimmin’ keyboard……

  47. Original Richard
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations!

    And well deserved.

    You are an MP who believes in democracy and is working hard to ensure the people of this country continue to have some influence over their laws and taxes throuh the ballot box.

  48. Jiminyjim
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Well done, John, almost enough to restore my faith in the much devalued honours system. We need more people like you with an old-fashioned public service ethic, thank you for all your hard work and common sense

  49. Mikchaerl Holmes
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Many congratulations on your well deserved knighthood
    With best wishes for the coming year and let us hope your sensible views on. Brexit will eventually hold sway

  50. Timaction
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations Sir!!

  51. Kevin Lohse
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    Heartiest congratulations, Sir John.

  52. Gordon Nottingham
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    I can say no more than…hear, hear and to add congratulations on your knighthood.

  53. Steve
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    Mr Redwood, Sir

    Does this mean you will be taking up archery swordsmanship and horsemanship ?

    • James
      Posted December 29, 2018 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

      In all the time since the Referendum I have yet to hear any positive (let alone any convincing) comment as to why we should remain in the EU. All we hear from the Remain side is invariably laughable nonsense about “crashing out”, and “falling off cliff edges”. Has anyone actually come across any argument whatsoever as to why we ought to even bother to listen to a bunch of unelected bureaucrats in Brussels?

      • Tory Western
        Posted December 30, 2018 at 8:02 am | Permalink

        No James, nobody has come up with any argument why we should listen to a bunch of unelected bureaucrats in Brussels. That is because we do not listen to a bunch of unelected bureaucrats in Brussels. EU laws are made by the Council of Ministers and by the European parliament, every one of whom is a directly and democratically elected politician. Unelected bureaucrats in Brussels have no lawmaking power, none at all. Please, inform yourself better

        • Melvin Cornwell
          Posted December 31, 2018 at 8:49 am | Permalink

          What nonsense. Everybody knows their elected officials are simply rubber stampers for the rules, laws and dictats passed down to them from the EU Commissioners.

  54. Maybot
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations, Sir John .

  55. Bob
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    It would be good if the honours system were restricted to people who truly deserved them such as our venerable host.

  56. Iain Gill
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations

    Although I think the honours system is a joke and would refuse any if I was ever offered

  57. Jingleballix
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations Sir John – best wishes for 2019.

    We will need you and your arguments on top form.

  58. John Dodds
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    A well deserved honour;congratulations Sir John!

  59. Mike Wilson
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    It is interesting to read the comments. I must be alone in regarding the ‘honours system’ as something which makes me feel sick. Really? In this day and age. Will the fairytales never end? Arise ‘Sir Galahad’ – the noble Queen has made thee a knight of the realm! Are we ever going to grow up and end this nonsense.

    Someone who works in the voluntary sector in their spare time – who rescues kids from gangs – yep – honour them in some way. Don’t give them a daft title though.

    Nice to see there are some people of brain who turn the nonsense down.

  60. agricola
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    Came out of hospital today minus two tonsils and now get the news that you have snook off and got youself knighted. Congratulations, not one that came up with the mail. Delighted for you and your family, more than well deserved.
    I might add a word of congratulation and thanks to our NHS whose reaction to my errant tonsil both on a professional and human level. They were impecable.Today was like leaving a new family of only 24 hour duration. Back for the results in one week.

  61. Roger & Maureen
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    Many congratulations on your honour. We love reading your comments on your daily blog. Cheers, Roger Hobbs & Maureen Jacklin from Crete.

  62. ian wragg
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations Sir John.
    As someone else has said “the best Chancellor we never had”,
    All the best for 2019 and let’s hope for a clean Brexit. It’s good to see we are renting ferries to transport goods away from Calais, maybe that will concentrate French minds.

  63. McBryde
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    I hope people will be even more inclined to pay due attention to what you have to say. It’s been a privilege to be able to read and share on your forum, and to read your posts. Congratulations, and may you have great influence on the outcome of this whole business!

  64. Anthony
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations John. One of the few knighthoods that has made me think: “well deserved!”

  65. keith
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    At least Chancellor realised in Autumn Statement that in fact PFI, PPP is subtle Marxism. Taxpayer is on hook to fund what is opaque private enterprise! for thirty years at fixed price often with transfer priced procurement. What I find ironic and hypocrisy outstanding is Major and Blair Government in particular who did it on industrial scale did not raise eyebrow at this subtle Marxism and Cameron slowed it but continued. Since it also relies on lower pay over longer time this drives down productivity.

  66. Witchfinder
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    They could have timed this better.

    If, for some reason, e.g. tactically, in a vote of confidence, or because some suitable change has been made to it which he reluctantly accepts, Sir John votes in favour of the Withdrawal Agreement, Remainiacs will say he’s been bribed.

    Reply I cant see a fix on the WA I will accept!

    • Mike Wilson
      Posted December 30, 2018 at 12:28 am | Permalink

      I think you’ll find it will be leavers that say that.

  67. John Miller
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations, Sir John.

  68. Horatio McSherry
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    Sir John,

    Congratulations. Thoroughly deserved for your tireless work.

    Glad to see all the positive posts here already, too.

    Kind Regards

  69. Peter D Gardner
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations Sir John Redwood. A just reward for your passionate, well researched and condidered contributions to parliamentary and public debate. KBO.

  70. Howard Roberts
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    Dear Mr Redwood,

    massive congratulations. You are one of the few real conservatives left in the so-called Conservative party. Please carry on on your correct path for the sake of these ancient Isles and peoples.

    Best wishes.

    • Simon Coleman
      Posted December 30, 2018 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

      I’m beginning to wonder if there are any contributors to this website who have not reached 70.

      • Alan Jutson
        Posted December 31, 2018 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

        Simon

        Why 70 why not 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 75,

        Does it matter how old you are.

        Surely if you possess a point of view and can explain it clearly that is enough, no matter what your views, or age.

  71. Claudia Norman
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Many congratulations to you Sir John, very well deserved.

  72. Steve
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    Fair to say those who have given undue criticism to Dr Redwood for accepting the honour are massively outnumbered, and rightly so.

    Inferences from a tiny minority that he would ‘turn coat’ are frankly uncalled for in my opinion.

    • Pat Tissington
      Posted December 30, 2018 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

      It’s just that those who criticise aren’t published. My own polite words that are not in favour are not published. And I will be amazed if this is.

      Reply I delete libels about all named individuals including myself.

  73. zorro
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on your (thankfully!) well deserved honour and recognition. Your talents have not been used or recognised to the extent they should have been in the UK government, and that has been a mistake by your party above all. What you must do in the months ahead in the service of your country, if successful, will hopefully make up for that loss of service… So, no pressure!

    zorro

  74. R.T.G.
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Hearty congratulations on your knighthood JR.
    Very well deserved, Sir!

  75. sm
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    The comments about your knighthood on ConsHome, John, resound with the phrase: ‘if only Redwood were Chancellor’!

  76. Ian Pennell
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    Dear Sir John Redwood, as you can now be addressed.

    Congratulations on being awarded a knighthood. You are a man of great integrity and belief in Public Service, you make the case for what you believe to be right consistently day in and day out on this, your excellent blog- and often in Parliament. There are not many people in public life who have these qualities in 2018.

    Sadly, there are also those in Parliament who think they know best who seek to undermine the result of the biggest Democratic Vote for anything in this country’s history. I wish you and your colleagues success in thwarting their attempts at sabotaging Brexit in 2019: It’s beginning to look like Brexit- supporters will need to win a second Referendum to make sure Brexit actually happens!

  77. Jagman84
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    Many congratulations Sir John. A richly deserved award and long overdue. Thanks for all you do with this blog.

  78. William
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations and well deserved. Please keep up the good work fighting the good fight!

  79. rick hamilton
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 3:11 am | Permalink

    A bit late, but congratulations Sir John on this most well deserved honour. One can only wish that it will increase the impact of your always to the point interventions on Brexit.

    I might even consider voting Conservative again if you were Chancellor. ( Or as BBC World TV would have it, “UK Finance Minister” ! )

  80. Kenneth
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 3:32 am | Permalink

    Sir John, you are standing up for England and Britain where so many around you are failing.

    That deserves a knighthood.

  81. CHRISTOPHER HOUSTON
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 3:53 am | Permalink

    Congratulations!
    I found it depressing more a worry reading too many jibes on your Twitter account from Leftie-Liberals. Worse, I used to have their mindset years ago.Locked in a self-made cage of Thought.
    It took a nasty and fundamental jolt which released me. No jolt, seems imminent for them. All ages. Not just the Look Back in Anger young man who eventually grows up

    New: they are averse to arguing a point like we loved. Past debate minds. The New Left marching head-fixed literally, they could say, to fascism at the bottom of the political circle joining to dark Right.

    Brexit, if done wholeheartedly by all in The House could have averted this. The Jolt not come to pass. Fruitless shouting at streets walls and in stupified Momentum lockstep.
    Unproductive minds with wasted education of half-truths with the same proverbially
    bearded corduroy jacketed College lecturers eating only organic veg. Even Lenin would look at them with confusion. A strange and weird proletariat.

  82. Stred
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    There may be two other knights in the HoC who support keeping our sovereignty and congratulations to Sir JR for somehow going from council house to castle. Perhaps there should be different orders, such as Knight of Sovereignty, Knight of the Brussels Brigade or Knight of the Civil Wasters.

    Sometimes, the best way to get a promotion is to let the head office know that you are about to leave for a competitor. You blog of the 27th was really full throttle and some of the comments may have been blood chilling to MPs working with Conservative Remain Office. Two days later you are knighted. It works. We are sure that you will be showing them that handing a rebel a sharp sword is a big mistake.

    Congratulations on your award and on giving some credibility to a badly discredited nauseating system.

  83. Flatwater Fran
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    Congratulations!! Richly deserved too. Please keep up your hard work on representing the positives associated with our Brexit challenges. You may have been a fairly lonely voice in the wilderness but held strong throughout. Thank heavens for guys like you. Sir!!!!!

  84. Arthur Wrightiss
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    I’ve just heard…congratulations on the knighthood…it’s well deserved and long overdue considering the non entities who are given honours these days.
    It seems my own has again been lost in the post….

  85. Alan Jutson
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    Congratulations John, but I cannot understand why, given the Prime Minister has never ever been seen to have taken or accepted much of your advice (in fact taken the opposite view) on so many topics, from Brexit to economic, and tax matters, and never included you in any form of Cabinet Government, that she now decides to award you one of the highest honours possible for service to the Country..

    Clearly by her now actions the Prime Minister now surely believes in your talent, patriotism, clear thinking and determination to do the best for our Country, so why still exclude you from a senior position in Government, whilst promoting others with far less talent ?

    Confused and bemused from Wokingham.

  86. Narrow Shoulders
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    Belated congratulations Sir,

    When perusing previous lists of political honours awarded I had often wondered what you had to do for your efforts to be recognised, I had assumed it was previous “misbehaviour” or disagreement against the establishment. But you remain loyal even in your forthright writings on this blog, you never play the man only the ball.

    Does this mean that there remains hope for you to represent us in government?

  87. William Long
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    Many congratulations on a well deserved Knighthood – long overdue as is this message!

  88. Sakara Gold
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    I am absolutely delighted that at long last the establishment has recognised your many contributions to British political life and society with a knighthood. Congratulations!

    My apologies for these belated good wishes, unfortunately the green broadband box outside my house malfunctioned on Boxing Day and Virgin Media only got round to fixing it

  89. Posted December 30, 2018 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    Congratulations Sir John, thouroughly well deserved, I am proud to be one of your constituents.

  90. Helen Smith
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Fantastic news, well deserved, now promotion to Chancellor please

  91. Edwardm
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations and very well deserved. I am glad that your long parliamentary career espousing the cause of common sense, eruditely yet clearly, has been recognised. This is one good decision by the PM.

  92. Concerned
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    John, you should be furious you have been given this well-deserved honour now, if I was you I would take it back and tell them angrily to re-issue it at a more appropriate time.

  93. ALFRED E PHILP
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    Great news. A well deserved recognition of all that you do on our behalf.
    A resident.

  94. Christopher Gray
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Well deserved. Congratulations.

  95. Dunedin
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Very good news – Congratulations.

  96. old salt
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations Sir John.
    Well and truly deserved.
    Many thanks for all your hard work and sheer dedication to the cause.
    While not taking it for granted – looking forward to Well and Truly Out.
    Happy New Year to you and yours.

  97. Lear's Fool
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    Congrats Sirrah!

  98. a-tracy
    Posted December 31, 2018 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Many congratulations, shall we have to address you as Sir John now 🙂

  99. Jonathan Tee
    Posted December 31, 2018 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on the Knighthood, which is well deserved.

  100. Paul Freedman
    Posted January 1, 2019 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations John on being awarded your Knighthood. I am delighted you have been chosen. It’s very well deserved and I am very pleased a grateful nation is thanking you this way. Well done!!

  101. Treacle
    Posted January 4, 2019 at 2:40 am | Permalink

    I have just read this, and am delighted. Congratulations!

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