Book launch – how great parties can be destroyed by close association with the EU project

At the launch of “We don’t believe you” yesterday I stressed the way most Christian Democrat and Social democrat parties on the continent have ceased to be serious challengers for power, giving way to new parties that are usually more critical of the EU scheme, of austerity economics, the Euro, migration and benefit policies, dear energy and the rest. I pointed out how Conservative and Labour detached themselves from decline and fall on the continental model in the 2017 General election, achieving 82.4% of the vote between them.

More recently with the Conservative government delaying Brexit and Labour going towards a second referendum and dumping Brexit altogether, they have slumped to just 56% together in the local elections, with worse polls for the European elections so far. The message is clear – leave the EU quickly and popularity is likely to return, stay in and get sucked into the continental turning away from traditional parties.

“We don’t believe you” available on AMAZON

The price is paperback £6.99; kindle £4.99.

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ISBN-10: 1095254952
ISBN-13: 978-1095254950

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The book has chapters on military intervention, austerity economics, Brexit, the collapse of the Social Democrats and Christian Democrats as governing parties in most of the EU,the clash between social media and conventional media, the way some large businesses side with big government to the annoyance of their customers, political correctness, large scale migration and the difficulties caused by the Euro.

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  1. Ginty
    May 10, 2019

    It is a good book. A compelling argument against Remain.

    I have already expressed that I am disappointed with the use of ‘anti-immigrant’ rather than ‘anti-immigration policy’ populists.

    I recall the debates between Leave and Nicola Sturgeon

    “We want controlled immigration.”

    NS “There you go. Scape goating immigrants again.”

    There is a world of difference between disliking foreigners and wanting the numbers of your population controlled properly. Sturgeon was really saying “You’re a racist and so you should be disqualified from the debate.”

    1. Lifelogic
      May 10, 2019

      Surely we just want some real controls over the quality and volume of immigration. Some immigration is good and some is bad and harms the economy, puts pressure on the police, schools, housing and other services. We certainly do not want one that discriminates against say an Indian engineer, or an Australian doctor in favour of an unemployable serial criminal from the EU do we? It seems the remainers do want this racist system.

      1. Hope
        May 10, 2019

        Traitor May and her vile cabinet are using the Tory EU campaign leaflet to “name and shame ” those Tory MPs who did not vote for her servitude plan! I think it ought to be the leaflet with its link highlights those who should be celebrated for acting on the wishes of 17.4 million people who voted to leave.

        Traitor Rudd, looks down her snooty ignorant nose at conhome readers and contributors. What an ugly character she is. Same for Traitor Lewis at CCHQ.

        JR, you cabinet and the majority of your party is now out of connection with its supporters, activists and voters. They blame everyone other than themselves! You could not make it up. How is your party to survive when MPs smear and make derogatory remarks to its voters, supporters and activists? Cameron started the trend with swivel eyed loons, Turnip Taliban etc. membership plummeted.

        Associations need to withdraw all support immediately. She has an appalling record, is disloyal and betrays democracy. Suggest Rudd’s oust her ASAP before more influence from her snooty remain fanatic brother.

        1. Hope
          May 10, 2019

          IDS association chairman has written to Lewis about this appalling behaviour. Did Lewis and Traitor May consider most of the informed public know the horrors of her survitude plan before they decided to smear you? Do they realise they are already despised for betrayal of their supporters and now to betray their own MPs make them look even more toxic than Traitor May believed years ago!

          If they have any doubt about public opinion watch Question Time and look and listen to the audience response every time Soubry or Rudd spoke. They are despised. The audience listened, cheered and applauded Farage and Mr Mills. Even Labour had a balanced reception. It was stark and obvious from the response of the audience.

          It is suggested by the Times Tory HQ about to engage in a smear campaign on Farage, it will not work and back fire. Once more as the nasty toxic betraying Tory party.
          Suggest Gilliam Keegan read the Spectator’s 40 horrors of May’s servitude plan or your letter or Martin Howe QC analysis of it. She clearly has not read or understood the servitude plan. Instead of claiming people have not read or understood it! She came across as a complete idiot on Politics Live with Brillo. If it is too hard for her to read go back to Peter and Jane.

          1. Lifelogic
            May 11, 2019

            They are indeed despised and understandably so. I see the BBC have moved to 4 remainers to 2 leavers. I assume this is what they call ‘balance’ for the election period.

    2. rose
      May 10, 2019

      This is an important point which I have pointed out to Sir John before. The phrase “anti immigrant” was deliberately coined to smear people and is used in that way across the media. It must also upset immigrants themselves.

      1. Richard416
        May 11, 2019

        My take on immigration is that |”business” sees every immigrant as one more consumer. They will consume whether they make any contribution to society or not. This brings with it increased sales, which means growth, and business likes – or demands – growth.

        If it is the only or main method by which growth is achieved it is a bad policy and immigration has to grow like a Ponzi scheme. Even now our society cannot keep up with the population.

      2. Lifelogic
        May 11, 2019

        Indeed, I am certainly not “anti immigrant” nor “anti immigration”. Just for some sensible controls and the levels and the quality and Westminster In Control.

        Just as most sensible countries have.

    3. Steve
      May 10, 2019


      “Sturgeon was really saying “You’re a racist and so you should be disqualified from the debate.”

      Yes I know, hypocritical isn’t it ?

      The Scottish NATIONALIST party is a racist organisation…..against the English. Free university for all except the English is a fine example of their racism.

      Perhaps all immigrants from non EU countries should be homed in Scotland instead, it’d be interesting to hear what the SNP would have to say about it, when they have to accept the numbers we do. We could then accuse them of being anti immigrant.

      But then of course the SNP still thinks every Englishman alive today is personally responsible for the clearances and throwing grannies and wee bairns out into the wild. So don’t expect intelligent reasoning to come from the likes of Ms Sturgeon.

    4. Cheshire Girl
      May 11, 2019

      Quite right!

      I watched Question Time last night. Anna Soubrey stated (with large applause from the audience) ‘Immigration has been good for this Country’. In my opinion, the operative words are ‘ Some Immigration ‘, which is what the Politicians never say. They prefer to make us all sound like racists if we disagree.

  2. margaret
    May 10, 2019

    A bit heavy for Holidays but will kindle it sometime .

  3. Alex
    May 10, 2019

    Have you sent a copy to May? She is in desperate need of a dose of reality.

    Reply I sent it to the government she heads so she is well aware of it.

    1. Timaction
      May 10, 2019

      Does it include conservative values and policies as there are very few in the cabinet and only a spattering in the rest of the parliamentary party?
      Some excellent researched and factual articles in Conservative Woman this week. A common theme is the secretive nature of May selling us out to the EU with our military and security instead of aligning with the five eyes intelligence group. When will we learn the true story behind Mr Williamson’s sacking after revelations that May signed us up to Chinese 5 G infrastructure, a state sponsored company who are legally required to help their state? She really is a threat to our national security on many levels.

  4. David Price
    May 10, 2019

    I finished my first read through a couple of days ago and agree with Ginty that it’s a good book. Lots of material in there which John presents succinctly and clearly. I found the coverage of Target 2 quite illuminating in laying out why Germany has such a grip on the rest of the EU.

  5. BOF
    May 10, 2019

    “We don’t believe you Why Populists reject the establishment”

    Should ‘Populists’ be replaced with ‘Democrats’?

    1. Timaction
      May 10, 2019

      Democrats and patriots. The arch remainer Gaulke refuses to see this!

  6. Tim M
    May 10, 2019

    All this Brexit drama !

    It could have been so easy .. if it went like this !

    Theresa May ( TM )
    Hi Jean Claude ( JC ) is that you, the telephone line is not so clear ?

    Yes Theresa. Its is me. Is it true ?

    Yes, I am now Prime Minster

    No, I mean that the British have voted to leave our European Community ?

    Yes. Not my wish but there you go, what can I say.

    Can you not have another referendum soon and change the result?

    No Jean Claude we voted and that is the result. I have to do what the people say. Do not worry I am sending over tomorrow my top guy, David, who has my complete confidence and will sort out all the issues. I will not be involved.

    We will need to meet and discuss matters.

    Of course when David has done the details. He is hard core so do not be upset if you find him hard.

    What do you mean ?

    This is a change. We will make changes. Do not worry we will be correct in law but no more.

    You are leaving Europe, it makes me so sad.

    Jean we are not leaving Europe, we are part of Europe, always will be. We love you guys but we are just leaving your political structure. Not my decision, my people voted for it so I have no choice. Do not worry David will sort out the administration, dates etc and then we party on.

    It makes me so sad

    Do not be silly. We will all be fine if we get it done quickly. So I am inviting you to a party next week to celebrate this new Europe.

    Where ?

    Did you know I am actually a Member of Parliament for a town in England call Maidenhead.

    People vote for you ?

    Yes, every election and I am going to invite you to my favourite pub in Maidenhead to mark this change in the relationship with your EU.

    Pub ?

    There are some great pubs in my town, let me think …. we can watch village cricket !

    But I do not like English beer and what is cricket ? Do they have French wine ?

    Yes of course and lets invite the rest of the EU crowd.

    They are on speaker !

    Angela Merkel (AM )
    Am I invited Theresa ?

    Of course and that charming French man

    Emmanuel Macron (EM)
    Hey I am on the box as well !

    You are invited Mon Cheri

    And us ?

    Theresa they are all on the box !

    Great, you all welcome to my pub in Maidenhead and cricket is very easy to understand compared to your laws and treaties. Its just a change in status my friends, we will love you all forever.

    Got to go , speak soon …..


    Tim Underwood
    9 May.2019

    1. Davies
      May 11, 2019

      Brilliant if only….

  7. A booker
    May 10, 2019

    JR No disrespect. Haven’t you ever almost completed a book and thought “Why should I bother even trying to get it published? Noting of course that what you are writing is obvious and there can be no reason other than simple badness it has not been written before?
    Then you think of how many years you may have left on this Earth and perhaps you “never will be missed” in the grand operetta of things.
    Dickens did not manage to change anything in what was his gross understatement of the barbarities of life. Oliver still gets put in a workhouse all over the world. Lesser Oliver’s can’t even get a job in a workhouse.

    As for Shakespeare. The vast majority have yet to see what he wrote and hear it.

    I once wrote loads of love letters to a lady. She read them all and understood them completely and married someone else making his life a pit of Hell. So I do write effectively. But why should I bother except to keep wicked witches away from me?

    1. Al
      May 11, 2019

      “Dickens did not manage to change anything in what was his gross understatement of the barbarities of life. ”

      I am fairly certain the pupils of the “Ragged Schools” Dickens supported as a philanthropist, and the women who found sanctuary in the safe-house he founded and supported would disagree that he changed nothing.

      However most of his impact was through social comentary and raising social awareness of issues, which I suspect is what Mr Redwood’s book is intended for.

  8. Ian Smith
    May 10, 2019

    Should you not be working all hours as an MP in trying to fix the mess called Brexit? It is easy to stand on the sides and pass judgement as the ‘ERG’ likes to do but seem reluctant to come up with solutions! Ken Clarke was correct on Question Time last week in saying that if it wasn’t for the ERG we would already have left! Unfortunately, a minority of delusional, arrogant wealthy politicians who think that jumping off a cliff without a parachute are having too big a voice in this process. Leave won the vote, but THE TERMS WERE NEVER DEFINED, so when anyone says ‘it is what people voted for’ they are lying as nobody knows!!

    Reply I have offered a solution and voted for it. The ERG promoted a compromise which the PM failed to pursue

    1. ukretired123
      May 10, 2019

      Dear Ian Smith I think SJR got his knighthood by working tremendous hours over many years and condensed his research into a host of books full of shrewd cool-headed observation so many others can glean his insights.
      You may not agree with his conclusions but I doubt you can match his output and productivity and is a modest person compared with many empty vessels sounding off shallow thoughts in Westminster and the media.

    2. Davies
      May 11, 2019

      Ian the leave people have been frozen out if the process and side lined all the way through.

      Dont you remember d Davis getting the rug pulled from under him?

  9. Tony Sharp
    May 10, 2019

    Sir John,
    the logic of your book would be to reform the current Conservative Party. As in fact there is simply no democratic mechanism to do so then I suggest that your policies can only be promoted in a new party. Certainly Mrs may was shameless in courting a ‘national coalition party’ with Mr Corbyn to get her PWA through the Commons.

    Along with your letter to Cox AG the points are entirely immaterial because the issue is not the lack of fitness of the PWA, it is the lack of fitness of the alleged ‘author’ actually sponsor of an EU produce document, ie Mrs May.
    If as expected:-
    1) Mrs May nevertheless brings forward the WA Bill as expected,
    2) the 1922 do not change their own rules or if they do, they still do not reject Mrs May
    3) the National Conservative Convention passes the Motion and Mrs May, as expected ignores it;

    then I suggest that only formally splitting the Conservative Party, between True Conservatives supported by the local associations against the Remain Cabinet and Payroll MPs and voting No Confidence in Mrs May might just make the Payroll careerist MPs sober up to remove Mrs May – or expect the alternative of a General Election for which they will see a reckoning even the Local Elections, EUro Elections ipeouts will look like a mere light prelude.
    And good riddance to the corrupt current Conservative Party in the Commons.

    1. Timaction
      May 10, 2019

      Sir Nigel put a couple of traitors strait last night on question time. The two Brexiteers on the panel were the only credible guests, whilst Soubery and Rudd made to look and sound foolish.

  10. hans christian ivers
    May 10, 2019

    Sir JR,

    Lots of very interesting hypothesis and theories raised and a number of them are very likely as well and some of them are slightly off .

    The idea that the EU is to blame for the fall of the traditional parties (Christian Democrats and Social Democrats) is also a very interesting hypothesis, but as this is happening across democracies of the World (Mexico, Norway, Iceland, Brazil, to a certain extent US, Malaysia) it is much more a phenomena hitting across the World and not just the EU. Which, therefore, begs the question will the voters return to the traditional parties in the UK as you forecast?

    Reply The book looks at many global trends that damage parties outside the EU. The Euro us an accelerant owing to the austerity economics and the sense of powerlessness about decisions.It is abalanced presentation which does simply blame the EU and does suggest how the EU could handle the revolts

  11. rose
    May 10, 2019

    We have just heard from The Wicked Witch, as my husband calls her. She has actually had something composed in her name which attacks her own party rather than the EU! A pity, as we have a good local man who leads the Conservative group.

    We have enjoyed watching the promotional film about Verhofstadt, otherwise known as Brexit: Behind Closed Doors. Which of the five presidencies is he after? (There was no mention of the large crowd which gathered outside Parliament on the 29th March.)

  12. acorn
    May 10, 2019

    You would learn much more by reading “Team Human” by Douglas Rushkoff. Books by serving politicians are always extended political pamphlets, that attempt to rewrite the history of their party’s recent failings; how they were misunderstood by the electorate; and, always must nominate someone or something to take the blame for those failings. Always the EU in JR’s case. You can read him like a book since 2016.

    Reply Try reading the book, it does no such thing. It is an objective analysis of modern politics and economics. May I suggest that as you have such a low opinion of my views and work you could read some other blog more to your liking.

    1. ukretired123
      May 10, 2019

      Dear Acorn SJR has been writing much sought after books since at least 1996 which are now collectors items. Recommend you track them down if you are lucky.

  13. Everhopeful
    May 10, 2019

    Bought it!

    1. Richard Hobbs
      May 10, 2019

      Me too!! Will take a couple of weeks to reach me (rural Canada) but I look forward to it.

  14. a-tracy
    May 10, 2019

    My copy arrived from Amazon very promptly. I bought it as much as a thank you to you for providing this blog and the work you do here, I shall begin reading this weekend.

  15. DaveM
    May 10, 2019

    Is Verhofstadt allowed to campaign in this country? If not, has it been reported to the Electoral Commission? And if it has and they do nothing, can they be held to account or sacked?

    1. Roy Grainger
      May 10, 2019

      Suits me to see him campaigning here – more votes for BP.

      Apparently there hasn’t been any vote on anything in Parliament for the last month and now they’re off on holiday for 11 days. Whatever the Brexit situation is it plainly isn’t a crisis.

      1. NigelE
        May 10, 2019

        I’d rather they were on holiday – permanently. The less damage they can do, the better.

      2. DaveM
        May 10, 2019

        I agree. However, if it’s illegal it’s just another example of rules being broken and just ignored.

        The whole situation is awful. Some sensible people in the right positions need to grip this. I’ve never known anything like it.

  16. Steve
    May 10, 2019

    Dave M

    “…..can they be held to account or sacked?”

    No, they’re sack proof.

  17. Steve
    May 10, 2019


    “The message is clear – leave the EU quickly and popularity is likely to return”

    Your optimism is commendable Mr Redwood, however Pandora’s box is clearly opening. The writing is on the wall for traditional parties, especially the Conservatives.

    I don’t believe for a minute they can turn this around. Even a change of leader will not prevent the inevitable, it’s too late.

    Had the government got rid of Theresa May when we said it might have been different, but not now. Keeping her in office has angered so many people, and trying to stitch the country up by doing a deal with Labour has made it ten times worse.

    Popularity is not going to return. It’s game over.

    1. Timaction
      May 10, 2019

      Indeed. Who would ever believe a Tory manifesto or promise ever again? Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me!
      Any new leader cannot repair the brand. After all they are in office and wouldn’t allow a managed no deal. Who on earth would take that option off the table in a so called negotiation? It will be remembered.
      The talk of numbers is nonsense as the Government is finished without the DUP and an election is obvious. Wonder where Brexit Party will focus their resources? Lots of remainers outside London going to loose their seats!!

    2. Ginty
      May 11, 2019

      Agreed. I’m hearing this everywhere and I do not talk politics in real life.

      Never fear Corbyn. If they can ignore 1.7m Deep State will just ignore Corbyn too.

  18. Fed up of this
    May 10, 2019

    Read a bit, the first line of something by Chaucer. It’s not translated properly even into Modern English.
    When I become Emperor. Great names of our Literary World will go into prison and stay there!

  19. Richard1
    May 10, 2019


  20. Mike Wilson
    May 11, 2019

    Nigel’s message must be kept simple.


  21. Brian Norminton
    May 11, 2019

    I prefer hardbacks; some strange people do.
    Why do you never publish your books in hardback?

    Reply Most of my books have hardback versions

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