A new programme for a new government.

Today is Queen’s speech day. It is the day to discuss where we want to take our country and what should be the priorities for public policy.

To those who want this site to write about Brexit every day I have just two things to say. The first is I do not change my views on the advantages of Brexit or on the need to get out on 31 October, so I do not need to keep reaffirming them.

I have set out my advice to the government on how best to do it on many occasions. The second is I see no point in  responding to every rumour, leak and piece of misinformation about the talks and the possible outcomes.  Meanwhile there are crucial issues that matter that we do as a country need to debate and tackle.

My main priority for the government is to confirm the action it will be taking to stimulate our economy and to distance ourselves from the German recession and the advanced slowdown on the continent. I want to see additional good measures to promote growth, following a couple of years of fiscal and monetary squeeze from the UK authorities.

I wish to see a defined programme of good investment, public and private, in transport, broadband, water and energy. We need more capacity in each of these areas. I want to hear of the tax cuts we can now afford so net take home pay is higher and businesses and entrepreneurs keep more of their profits to allow reinvestment.

I see from briefings that we can expect legislation and or administrative changes  to alter the way we own and run our railways. I will write more about this as we await conclusions from the latest review of our system.

The government does need to review its tax and regulatory policy towards cars given the worldwide impact EU and various countries’ policies are now having on motor manufacturing. It also needs to talk about the way the move of the EU to zero tariffs on Japanese cars over the next few years may impact the balance of Japanese manufacturing as between Japan and the EU as a whole.

I am glad the government has confirmed the higher sums for state schools for next year, which will be welcome in low funded areas like Wokingham and West Berkshire. The new money going into the NHS needs to be wisely spent, with Ministers telling us what improvements we will  be buying with the cash.

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  1. Andy
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    I suspect everyone would rather talk about how to make our country better.

    But, alas, we will spend at least the next decade largely focussed on making it worse.

    Such is the mess – the entirely predictable mess I should add – of Tory Brexit.

    I want better schools. Instead civil servants have to deal with mountains of extra red tape just so we can sell stuff to France.

    I want better school. But instead money is being invested in technology to make it harder and less convenient for me to travel to Spain.

    I want a cleaner environment but we know the plan for your Brexit is to screw over the planet, workers, consumers and Northern Ireland.

    If you genuinely wanted to make our country better you’d admit Brexit has failed, would call for Article 50 to be revoked and would the concentrate on other things.

    • Robert McDonald
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 6:56 am | Permalink

      “Brexit has failed” ? we haven’t left yet. The only conclusion must be that you believe the eu has failed as we are still tied to it. What has failed are the elected members of parliament who would not implement the promises they were elected upon.

    • Norman Porter
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 6:57 am | Permalink

      This “mess” as you call it comes down to you remainers not accepting the result of the referendum and doing anything and everything possible to stop the UK leaving the EU. Some of you even collaborating with Brussels to see that you get your wish. You should also understand that those who voted leave will never give up on the desire to leave. Eventually, the UK will be clear of the EU as that organisation tries to force through a federal Europe.

      • bill brown
        Posted October 14, 2019 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

        Norman Porter

        I think you are getting a bit mixed up according to the EIU there are a high number of more democratic nations in the Eu than the UK, so the likelihood of a forced federal Europe without the democratic blessing is highly unlikely. But that does not seem to stop you , does it?

        • Edward2
          Posted October 14, 2019 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

          Why do you EU fans keep denying what the written objectives of the EU are?
          Are you trying to fool us or just yourself?
          The United States of Europe is the plan.

          • bill brown
            Posted October 14, 2019 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

            Edward 2

            the imagination is running of with you again, but as long as you are happy

          • L Jones
            Posted October 15, 2019 at 10:48 am | Permalink

            Bill Brown’s comment below says all we need to know about remainers. Ask a question of them that requires a positive answer about staying with their revered EU – and this is what you get.

          • Robert McDonald
            Posted October 15, 2019 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

            The remainer talk is all about a hard or a soft Brexit when they, and we, and the world indeed, should be more worried about a hard remain … that includes the eu’s state objective of their own army and their clear intention of creating an eu empire / EUSSR.

          • Edward2
            Posted October 15, 2019 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

            bill brown.
            Still in denial I see.
            Just read the Five Presidents Report.
            The plan to become the United States of Europe is in there.
            Plus other recent speeches by EU leaders.

        • Anonymous
          Posted October 14, 2019 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

          Well, we have at least one nation where there is an attempt to force it.

        • czerwonadupa
          Posted October 14, 2019 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

          Europe’s nations should be guided towards the superstate without their people understanding what is happening. This can be accomplished by successive steps, each disguised as having an economic purpose, but which will eventually & irreversibly lead to federation.
          Jean Monnet, Founding Father of the EU. 30th April 1952.

          I think that sums up the EU superstate’s opaque ambitions for you.

          • bill brown
            Posted October 14, 2019 at 9:31 pm | Permalink


            This is 75 years ago so your guess about the future is worth as much or less than the man next door, so I will question your predictions up front

          • libertarian
            Posted October 15, 2019 at 8:33 am | Permalink

            Dear Billy Hans Brown Iversen

            You really ought to stop commenting on this site as you display your total ignorance of the world around you. Its laughable that you set yourself up as a strategic consultant

            Ursula von der Leyen – President elect EU

            “My aim is the United States of Europe — modelled on federal states like Switzerland, Germany or the U.S.,” she told Der Spiegel

    • Narrow Shoulders
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 7:02 am | Permalink

      I would like to see draconian penalties for inconveniencing the public either by protesters or by strikers.

      Strikers and protesters need to target their actions on management or those in power, not on the public whose lives are miserable enough as it is.

    • Richard1
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 8:06 am | Permalink

      No need for red tape to sell stuff to France so long as the EU sensibly agrees an FTA

      No need for your travel to Spain to be any different – it’ll be visa free just like now

      The worst environmental development of recent years has been the EU mandated push into diesel, resulting in 10s of thousands of estimated premature deaths & that’s just in the UK

      Now let’s have some good arguments from you: we want to be in the CAP because…we want to be in the CFP because….the eurozone is a success because….we want high tariff barriers against the rest of the world because…(Pls fill in the gaps)

      • rose
        Posted October 14, 2019 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

        The directive on cladding was pretty disastrous too. Fire safety had always come first before that.

        • stred
          Posted October 15, 2019 at 6:45 am | Permalink

          The use of the wrong type of insulation was a British mistake. German regulations are clear. British regulations are incomprehensible. The shortening of lifespan caused by diesel is a guesstimate based on old statistics and even using the figures used by the academics to push the electric car agenda, the banning of all diesels will not even be measurable. Using false argument doesn’t help the cause.

          • rose
            Posted October 15, 2019 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

            The fact is the cladding put on the Grenfell Tower in 1974 conforming to BS was supersafe, firewise.

            I agree the later cladding was illegal in Germany – and in EU regulation free America.

    • Lifelogic
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 8:37 am | Permalink

      Well Brexit has failed to be delivered due to the many dire traitors in the commons who have decided to go to war with the 17.4 million People plus those rather many sensible remain voters who now want the result respected. These people are never seen on the BBC but there are millions of them.

      The way to go on schools is to privatise nearly all of them. Give education vouchers that can be topped up for each child. While you are at this do the same for secondary education (both practical and academic) but do not cover the full costs perhaps just half. Let’s see how many then want to pay 50% of the costs for a worthless Media and Gender studies degree at the University of Bognor or similar. Freedom to Choose please not dire state (take what you are given and like it mate) monopolies. The same applies to the NHS whom it seems cannot even get blood transfusions labels right with very bad consequences as a result. Also ends up paying nearly £3000 a day for agency doctors due to gross admin and staffing incompetence.

    • Simeon
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 9:02 am | Permalink

      Please don’t think I’m responding to your trollish nonsense. I’m simply taking the opportunity to note that the Conservative party have a very green agenda. One of the many reasons why no sensible person should be voting for them. Alas, I am yet to be reassured that the Brexit Party are free of eco-nonsense. They might get Brexit done, but beyond that, serious reservations remain.

      • bill brown
        Posted October 14, 2019 at 1:28 pm | Permalink


        You need to read some more to understand the eco facts , no matter what party you support

        • Simeon
          Posted October 14, 2019 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

          I’m always suspicious when people start talking about facts. I am aware that there is a huge amount of data on climate change. I also undestand that how one interprets the data is of crucial importance. The mainstream interpretation (further short of being a consensus view than is usually portrayed) rests on some speculative assumptions and convenient omissions of the historical aspect of climate change.

          That the climate is changing is obvious. It always has, and always will. Does the present rate of change present challenges? Well, it already does to some regions of the world. But this doesn’t therefore mean that attempting to halt the changes is sensible, especially when it is evidently unrealistic given the disinclination of major players. What makes much more sense is to adapt to the changing climate. This in itself is a huge task, and so governments would be best served focusing their efforts in this direction, rather than implementing policies that cause different problems whilst doing virtually nothing in the way in which they intend – unless of course you ignore the fact that the eco-industry is very big business, and there are people making huge amounts of money from government policies and handouts, in which case perhaps government actions might be achieving exactly what they intend.

          Of course wise and thoughtful stewardship of the planet is desirable, but this should not be at the expense of doing all that is possible for people who genuinely need a helping hand.

          • Pominoz
            Posted October 14, 2019 at 10:57 pm | Permalink


            A most sensible post. Thankyou.

      • Richard1
        Posted October 14, 2019 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

        the choice is boris or corbyn.

        • Simeon
          Posted October 14, 2019 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

          If it’s politics as usual, then you’d be right. But there is reason to believe that our politics is being shaking up, so perhaps not. And of course some people will, quite reasonably, be disgusted by both, and vote for another, regardless of the consequences. The chance of breaking the failed Labour/Conservative duopoly is worth risking a Corbyn government, which anyway would be moderated by an inevitably small majority and the significant Blairite bloc in the party.

        • Lifelogic
          Posted October 15, 2019 at 10:30 am | Permalink

          Worse still it is Corbyn/SNP.

    • a-tracy
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 9:43 am | Permalink

      It isn’t a ‘Tory Brexit’ if anything the Tory MPs have been doing everything in their power to overturn it, could you imagine if this would have happened in Scotland should they have voted for Independence?

      The referendum was desired by Nick Clegg when he was leader of the Lib Dems. The referendum wasn’t rejected by Labour.

    • Pominoz
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 9:51 am | Permalink


      All contributors to Sir John’s site can choose their one word answer to your post.

      I am sure all will convey an identical sentiment.

    • Ben
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 10:08 am | Permalink

      Tell me, what do you do? Some kind of export business, perhaps? Don’t be coy, now. Something, specific to you, must explain your keenness to immediately bring the discussion back to Brexit. What is more important to you in the end: the nation’s interests, or your own?

      • J Bush
        Posted October 14, 2019 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

        In the earlier articles Andy had implied he had a family to consider and ran a successful business, which exports.

        However, he gave the game away when he commented in a later article and referred to “us young people”. I recall this clearly, as I picked him up on this.

        In short, he espouses a lot but knows very little and even less about business acumen. Best ignored.

    • L Jones
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 10:17 am | Permalink

      It seems you are still quoting from the various Projects Fear, Andy. Far better to work it out for yourself – step back and see the big picture, and don’t believe everything Facebook and the Grauniad tells you. It’s not all about you and your bank balance and your (admittedly very modest) travel plans.
      Perhaps instead you should try telling us in a nutshell why we should (as you do) wish to remain in thrall to your EU masters. Heard of hearts and minds? You’ve never tried to win any. It’s not too late. Just.

    • Hope
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 10:30 am | Permalink

      JR, we were told in 1997 education, education, education. 22 years on Billions pumped in with standards of attainment still dropping because standards of behaviour and discipline in classes are so low good teachers cannot be found, instead we have badly educated baby sitters as a substitute.

      We now have another tier of managers, super Heads! Why? Ofsted are meant to be the inspectorate body not an additional layer called super heads. All paid a frigging fortune who were not very good when ordinary heads!

      Teaching children as young as six about masterburbation or transgender rubbish is beyond belief and it is none of the states business to teach morals- generally MPs do not possess any!

      NHS being given billions, for what? Again the standards are so low why throw good money after bad. Your govt dropped collecting from international tourism! How about improving service and lowering wages of top managers who successively fail to deliver but promote a left wing agenda!

      Local authorities given billions, the service is still appalling with high paid CEO and director of services who in the main are unfit for purpose, we know because the amount they spend on consultants!

      These are our taxes your govt is wasting for a one line gimmick to get elected. Proof is in the pudding, services are dire after nine years of failure and false hope. Any sign of overseas aid being cut? HS2 scrapped? Green tax lunacy through Climate Change Act substantially changed?

      This Queens speech, as many before are for MPs to squabble about amongst themselves while the public receives dire services for a kings ransom. Move over for the Brexit party changed is required. You had your chance and failed.

      Major destroyed the reputation of conservatives for economics and self serving sleaze. Cameron was all wind and no delivery. Mayhab had one job and together with Hammond she failed by deliberately trying to hoodwink the nation in selling us out to the EU for a unknown period of servitude.

      Time for your party to go back to the worldiness.

    • Beecee
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 11:12 am | Permalink

      You clearly have not noticed Andy – but we have not left yet!

      So the mess is from being under the yoke of the EU.

      Enjoy Spain, you will not be missed.

    • Fedupsoutherner
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

      Ah, Didums. Travel to Spain too difficult? Then don’t go. For someone who is supposed to be so business savvy I can’t see why travelling to Spain should pose such a problem to you. Just hold mummys hand.

      Posted October 15, 2019 at 10:49 am | Permalink

      I’d have like to have seen legislation proposed that would make it mandatory for all those over 18 years old to spend 30 minutes a day considering that they may be mistaken in any and all of their opinions. And those under 18 to spend 30 minutes a day considering why they should or should not respect their elders’ advice or guidance. And mandatory (real) critical thinking on the curriculum of all educational establishments would have been nice, along with the benefits of a silent, tech free hour or so a day.

    • libertarian
      Posted October 15, 2019 at 7:03 pm | Permalink


      Any thoughts on the huge German news story today that Germany has run out of drugs and German hospitals are short of medicine ?

  2. Fedupsoutherner
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    What about the prosecution cases against our soldiers?

    • Shirley
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 6:44 am | Permalink

      I understand this has been removed from the Queens speech. Why? There will always be recruitment problems while the threat of prosecution hangs over their heads for the rest of their lives.

      • rose
        Posted October 14, 2019 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

        The Northern Ireland Office have been making difficulties. I don’t know if that means the Secretary of State who used to be the Chief Whip or not. He is said to have been kicking up about other things too, like a clean break. The Officers Club and the DUP are pretty annoyed, and the PM used to be on their side.

    • J Bush
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 8:13 am | Permalink


      I would also like to see a complete overhaul of HMRC’s convoluted bureaucratic inane nightmare of a tax system that costs millions if not billions to operate. HMRC attitude appears to be, why have it easy when it an be complicated? Afterall, how else can they justify their castle building?

  3. Mark B
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 6:15 am | Permalink

    Good morning.

    I wish to see a defined programme of good investment, public and private, in transport, broadband, water and energy. We need more capacity in each of these areas. I want to hear of the tax cuts we can now afford so net take home pay is higher and businesses and entrepreneurs keep more of their profits to allow reinvestment.

    Hear hear.

    BREXIT, quite unnecessarily has taken both too long and too much time and we really need to move on now. That does not mean that I, and I am sure many others, are happy for any old ‘deal’ (new EU treaty) to be signed, I still want the WHOLE of the UK out of the EU.

    Business and foreign investment has been badly damaged by government and parliamentary inaction. BREXIT or no BREXIT business needs clarity. We need a fresh agenda and outlook. An outlook that is both positive and global. One that looks beyond pygmy and declining nations on the continent and looks to the Far East, Africa and the Americas. The EU by its very nature is protectionist, inward looking and sclerotic. And with new members such as Albania, Macedonia and Bosnia I see it getting only worse. The UK Gulliver needs to break free, completely, from the EU Lilliputians.

    This Queen’s Speech, hopefully, will mark and end to three and a half years of waste. Too the future and beyond !

    • Sharon Jagger
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 6:57 am | Permalink

      Mark B

      I agree with what you say…a clean break for the whole of the U.K. There is a great world out there..

      However, this may be a rumour, but even the Queens speech is to be inspected by Brussels, prior to its delivery…with changes made where necessary.

      I do hope that is just rumour, but it would not surprise me if it was true!

      • Mark B
        Posted October 14, 2019 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

        I do not know about the Queen’s Speech but, I do know that the EU get to see OUR budget even before Cabinet and Parliament.

    • Bob
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 8:55 am | Permalink

      “I still want the WHOLE of the UK out of the EU.”

      And that should include our armed forces and fishing grounds.

      • Martin in Cardiff
        Posted October 14, 2019 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

        As John knows, peoples have a right to self determination.

        We will likely soon see this in action, with the Scots and Northern Irish exercising that very right.

        John would appear not to like that prospect very much.

        Reply Yes I support the Union but only want volunteers in it. That’s why we gave a referendum to Scotland and they chose the Union. The majority community in NI is not asking for a referendum.

        • libertarian
          Posted October 15, 2019 at 8:41 am | Permalink

          Martin in Cardiff

          “As John knows, peoples have a right to self determination.”

          Unless you are in the EU and from Catalonia , then you get jailed and your civilian population get beaten up by civilised, peaceful, EU stormtroopers at Barcelona airport

          • Martin in Cardiff
            Posted October 16, 2019 at 9:58 am | Permalink

            The European Union has no security forces.

            These were entirely national matters, dealt with by national agents, as did the UK with the IRA etc.

            The Catalonian nationalists are very pro- European Union too.

    • Atlas
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 10:11 am | Permalink


    • Hope
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 10:39 am | Permalink

      No I do not want “any old deal” or a pathetic version of Mayhabs servitude plan. We were told the deal was dead. It better be or the Tory party will be.

      No Withdrawal Agreement is the only option with the time left. Tick tock 31/10/2019 awaits us “do or die” as we were told.

      No good Rees-Mogg trying to ameliorate the nation of Johnson’s failing. They both caved in to Mayhab’s servitude plan. The rest of the country do not want any version of it whatsoever. The traitors charter should have been burnt when she and Hammond left office.

    • Lifelogic
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 10:40 am | Permalink

      Oh well, most of what governments do is negative (more taxes, waste and more red tape) so Brexit has distracted them from much of that.

      • Lifelogic
        Posted October 14, 2019 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

        The irony of Jeremy Corbyn dismissing the Conservative agenda (outlined in todays Queen’s speech) as “fools gold”. Corbyn and Mc Donnall do almost nothing else but promise endless fools gold to everyone. They would really deliver another Venezuelan basket case economy in no time at all!

        Surely the voters are non stupid enough to elect Labour/SNP are they? After all they got Brexit right!

  4. Alan Jutson
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 6:23 am | Permalink

    I will await the speech with great interest.

    I wonder if the Speakers power will be curtailed a little.

    I wonder if there will be anything about the right of recall, or about Mp’s, who must go through a bye election if they wish to switch Parties or go Independent.

  5. Lifelogic
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 6:24 am | Permalink

    A budget anounced too it seems. Let us hope Javid gets his act together very unimpressive so far. Not of course that he could get any budget through the house before an election anyway.

    So Marr tells Priti Patel ‘I don’t know why you’re laughing’ as if talking to some naughty smirking child. Does the daft lefty English graduate Andrew Marr not realise just how funny his and the biased BBC line is on Brexit, Climate Alarmism, political correctness and other BBC lefty lunacies?

    He even suggested that the SNP plan to allow councils to charge for work place parking was to “discourage travel by car”! The man really is indeed very funny indeed. No you plonker it is just to tax people even more so that governments can piss even more of our money down the drain! Another back door tax on the productive sector to make working less worthwhile. In many/most cases there will be no realistic alternative to driving to work anyway.

  6. Stred
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 6:27 am | Permalink

    In order to protect the Japanese and foreign owned car manufacturers in the UK, we need to raise tariffs and the Right Hand drive cars will be made here instead of the EU and Japan. Robots can be reprogrammed quickly to make different models and the favourite German and French models could be made here, leaving the continental factories to concentrate on Left Hand Drive cars. The main market for UK upmarket cars in the US could be maintained by a zero tariff trade deal.
    This Queen’s Speech is pointless as an election is imminent after the WA sellout, no majority and protests with MPs having to hide from the public.

  7. Mike Wilson
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 6:29 am | Permalink

    This gets more surreal by the day. A minority ‘government’, which can get no legislation enacted, dresses up in fancy dress to tell us what its legislative program is. Meanwhile the biggest issue since the Second World War staggers on and on and on with a referendum and/or a General Election needed to resolve it. Our politics is now a Whitehall farce.

    • Fred H
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

      Mike: —The Whitehall face is now ‘reprise unlimited’.

    • ELMES Joy
      Posted October 15, 2019 at 8:16 am | Permalink

      I watched the video of Andrew Marr and Priti Patel. Andrew was looking at his script and did not glance at her face. She was straight faced. My opinion is that the ‘laughing’ comment was actually in his script. He just read it out as scripted, someone’s idea of a joke, maybe ?

    • L Jones
      Posted October 15, 2019 at 11:19 am | Permalink

      Have you noticed, Mr Wilson, that there was a referendum in 2016? The result hasn’t been implemented yet so how on earth can a second one resolve anything?
      And haven’t you noticed too – remainers in a position of power won’t allow a GE?

  8. formula57
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 6:30 am | Permalink

    The Government has shown a commendable positive optimism that is a refreshing and most welcome contrast to the wretched excuse for a government led by the appalling May: now one feels the Cabinet are on the side of the people. The Queen’s speech must add to the momentum created, hopefully in all the ways you suggest.

  9. Lifelogic
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    So now it seems the government are considering banning airmile and flight incentive schemes. But not it seems to ban private jets for Prince Harry and Megan types or flying first class for Emma Thompson. Or indeed flying planes when almost empty not indeed eating meat or keeping pets.

    Strange priorities these dopes have! Clearly they do not really believe in this alarmist CO2 religion but merely want to make the odd vitue signalling gesture. Expecially when it attacks poorer people taking a holiday in Spain and leaves others in their private jets and first class seats.

  10. bitterend
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    John- we know you live in that bubble world you call parliament but there are those of us who live in the real world who have to import/ export/ and travel wider for business and are very concerned at this time- this is the ‘do or die’ week and yesterday we had it all about farming- farming for the future- today it’s about the Queens speech about who knows? but anyway am sure it’ll all work out for the state schools in Wokingham and West Berkshire- although don’t think it is going to help me much with the French customs.

    • Fred H
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

      answer…..don’t trade with France!

      • RichardM
        Posted October 14, 2019 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

        Brexiter mentality in a nutshell.

        • Fred H
          Posted October 15, 2019 at 7:09 am | Permalink

          and proud of it!

        • L Jones
          Posted October 15, 2019 at 11:20 am | Permalink

          No – Brexiteer mentality demonstrating that we can think further than trade with France.

  11. RichardM
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    The queen is to be used for a Tory part election broadcast, in which it will be announced UK citizens will lose employment, residence and study rights in all other EU countries.

    This will be the biggest loss of personal rights since the landowning elite created the enclosure acts of the 18th century.

    • Edward2
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

      Odd that I and many of my generation worked and lived and studied in Europe long before the EU existed.

      • acorn
        Posted October 14, 2019 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

        Were you of the ones we used to call “Hippies” in the sixties and seventies. Many such are now regretting that they ended up driving delivery vans and, lamenting the fact that they never signed up for a pension plan.

        • libertarian
          Posted October 15, 2019 at 8:44 am | Permalink


          Nope I worked in IT building data centres in La Defence Paris and then Den Haag in Holland in the seventies

          I worked as a management consultant on High Level Air Traffic control in Brussels & BIS in Basle in the 80’s

          I have a fabulous self invested pension currently returning an average 18% growth

          You got a job yet?

      • RichardM
        Posted October 14, 2019 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

        Well bully for you Edward2. No doubt you could afford private medical insurance enabling you to retire had you so desired to Europe. Most are not so fortunate. Many UK migrants will have to return, unable to afford medical costs no longer reciprocated.
        Neither are you one of the 8 million living below the poverty line who will be most affected by your desired no deal Brexit.
        Oh and here is one of many links to my ‘odd claim’ from yesterday.


        It’s all because farmers want to pay non-EU workers peanuts rather than employ EU workers on a fair wage, and the Govt scrapped seasonal workers mechanism.

        • Edward2
          Posted October 14, 2019 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

          You miss the point.
          People from the UK worked, lived, travelled and studied in Europe before the EU thought about freedom of movement.
          And Europeans came to the UK and did the same.
          It will not stop after 31st of October.

        • libertarian
          Posted October 15, 2019 at 8:52 am | Permalink


          Tell you what chap why dont you find out about the EU that you voted for before you post more silly nonsense

          It is mandatory to have medical insurance in Germany & France for instance in order to live and work there

          All workers in the UK are legally paid at least the mandated minimum wage which is FAR higher than ALL East European countries pay

          A newspaper story does NOT constitute evidence .

    • libertarian
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 3:39 pm | Permalink


      Congratulations, you know what the purpose of the Queens speech is , well done

      In the 1970’s I lived and worked in France the Netherlands and the USA all without the help of some bureaucrats in the EU… How the hell did that happen

      By the way after 20 odd years of these right a very small number of people seem to have used them, mostly retired people living in Spain, France and Portugal.

      • RichardM
        Posted October 15, 2019 at 6:40 am | Permalink

        1.2 million a small number ?

        • libertarian
          Posted October 15, 2019 at 7:09 pm | Permalink


          Yup a far smaller number than the number of Brits living in the USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand

          Oh and 300,ooo EU based Brits aren’t based there permanently ( holiday homes dont you know )

          Which EU countries have you lived and worked in Richard ?

  12. Narrow Shoulders
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    I would like to see my child benefit returned. £50K as a single earner in London is not a high wage. Two £25K earners pay less tax but get to keep their child benefit. Scrap this unfairness or scrap child benefit altogether.

    • Lifelogic
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

      Indeed and the personally allowance too was stolen for many others. Hammond and Osborne gave us the highest taxes for 40 year while they both pretended to be tax cutters and even “repaying the debt”. All just blatant lies for them. Both are economic illiterates and neither are real Conservatives.

  13. Cheshire Girl
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    My overriding wish is for this Government to get a grip and tackle the appalling violent crime rate, especially knife crime.

    I have always been concerned about rising crime, but I now live near London, and a close member of my family lives in central London. I try to keep a sense of proportion, but I fear for their safety every day. Frankly, I would like to see the Government crack down hard on the criminals. Many promises have been made in the past few years, but not nearly enough has been done..

    Peoples lives are being blighted every day by this. Time for tough action, and not just empty promises!

    • Anonymous
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

      To keep a sense of proportion, 8 million live in London. Very few of those stabbed are unconnected to gangs.

  14. Narrow Shoulders
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    I would like to see legislation making it illegal to treat a patient on the NHS without ascertaining that they are a UK resident or insured. If they are insured the level are veracity of that insurance should be confirmed.

    • a-tracy
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

      If our NHS can’t cope with health charging then visitors with travel insurance should be taken to private hospitals as we are in Spain.

      • L Jones
        Posted October 15, 2019 at 11:24 am | Permalink

        Good point, a-tracy. And perhaps if our NHS can’t ”cope” with making charges, then the money should be taken from the foreign aid budget. After all, it IS ”foreign aid”, any medical treatment of visitors, isn’t it?

    • Fred H
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

      which is what happens in other countries…..I am reminded of a colleague who tripped on the last 3 or so steps alighting from a plane in Tokyo. Big heavy guy – possible broken ankle. The medics were called – their first words (in sort of English) ‘how you gonna pay?’

    • Anonymous
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

      I would like to see legislation on being drunk or on drugs being chargeable for NHS treatment.

      Police officers are now told to take anyone who is intoxicated to A&E by ambulance to avoid deaths after police contact.

      This is crippling the NHS as much as the ageing population. The BBC never mention it but a recent visit to an A&E on a Friday I witnessed howling chaos. Police and ambulances tied up because students can’t handle their drink.

  15. Martin in Cardiff
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    Good morning John.

    The UK can little more significantly distance itself from a slowdown on the Continent than could Wales, say, isolate itself from one in the UK, so intricately involved are the respective economies. You only have to look at the closely-tied fortunes of Sterling and the euro on the currency markets to get a purchase on that.

    Yes, there are structural changes which could be made long term to make the UK less susceptible to such influences, but those processes in themselves would likely be damaging.

    I don’t see the relationship between a nation with a GDP of a couple of trillion, and the European Union with one of umpteen trillion as being akin to that of Gulliver and the Lilliputians, nor how any reasonable person could. However, your party appears to have lost interest in such types, and to be casting its nets in very murky waters indeed these days.

    • Mitchel
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

      It’s probably best to look at GDP PPP figures;if you look at the figures for 2018 and the moves up/down the rankings(source: World Bank) you get a much better feel for where power is moving:

      1.China……………$25.4 trn………18.6% of total…..+1
      2.USA……………..$20.5trn………15.0% of total……-1
      3.India…………….$10.5trn……….7.7% of total……+4
      4.Japan……………$5.5 trn………..4.0% of total……-1
      5.Germany……….$4.5 trn………..4.5% of total……-1
      6.Russia…………..$4.0 trn……….2.9% of total…….+5
      7.Indonesia………$3.5 trn………..2.6% of total……+9
      8.Brazil……………$3.4 trn………..2.5% of total…….+1
      9.UK………………..$3.1 trn………..2.3% of total…….-4
      10.France…………$3.1 trn………..2.3% of total……-4

    • Anonymous
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

      Then reverse your argument !

      How can the UK economy go *pop* without taking the EU economy down the black hole with it ?

      • Martin in Cardiff
        Posted October 16, 2019 at 10:01 am | Permalink

        You sound like you would welcome that.

        Yes it would damage all connected economies, the whole globe, in fact, though I doubt whether it would be fatal for any country but the UK.

  16. George Brooks
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    You are absolutely right Sir John, our domestic agenda has been completely side lined for the last 3 years and it is imperative it now comes to the fore.

    Thank heaven we now have a PM who cannot only multi-task but can also pick people. He demonstrated both these attributes when Mayor of London and in his very short time in office he is doing it again. It is vital that a new domestic programme is set out because in 18 days time we will be out of the EU.

    He has picked his team, given them the direction to follow and letting them get on with the job they have been selected to do. Of course there will be a few changes and adjustments but in the next few months we will be on a stable path restoring and developing the future of this country.

    The map for our future will be displayed today and on 6th November we will get a budget, free of EU restrictions, to support it and drive this country forward once more.

  17. Newmania
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    Mr Redwood wishes to de-couple calls for lower taxes higher spending and lower interest rates from Brexit because emergency measures require an emergency and he promised milk and honey.
    Phillip Hammond has set out extent of cost to the Country already ,crucially the investment collapse. The FSA have released a credible study on the further debts the country will acquire and if we actually top out at 90 % I will be relieved.
    Infuriating , but then we are used to that by now

    • libertarian
      Posted October 15, 2019 at 7:10 pm | Permalink


      How are things going in France, Germany and Spain at the moment ?

  18. Iain Gill
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    Lacks a joined up philosophy, which should be a wholesale transfer of power to individual citizens, and away from different arms of the state. Should be reducing the percentage of our earnings spent by the state. Significant ramping up of the quality we expect from every state pound spent. Should be proper immigration controls, stopping rampant abuse of intra company transfer visas, reducing significantly number of indefinite leave to remain visas issued. Stop public funding for PPE courses. Reform teacher training along the lines recommend by miss_snuffy on twitter.

    The Dom Cummings approach of just throwing money at NHS is no good, we can all see the NHS needs a dramatic reset along the lines of copying from the best of the rest of the world, despite the constant pro NHS hype.

    Conservatives are lucky labour are so bad.

  19. agricola
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    Yes we are mostly clear in our expectations of Brexit. Until any deal is announced and dissected in forensic detail there is no point in speculating on the final outcome. Should we fail to get an agreement I hope there is a way of circumventing the toxic Benn act. Such negativity should not govern our future.

    I too look forward to the Queens Speech and an indication that it will create a very different , outgoing , enterprise oriented United Kingdom.

  20. EarleyRiser
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    There’s really no point in talking about the other stuff until Brexit is done one way or the other.

    • Fred H
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

      indeed Brexit doesn’t exist.

  21. Ian Wragg
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    What is proposed is of no consequence if you extend Article 50
    Your party is finished as a serious contender.
    I hope I’m wrong but if Boris capitulates I will be working for the Brexit Party

    • Mitchel
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 11:41 am | Permalink

      I see that one commentator over the weekend pointed out that 19 October was the day in 1812 when a humiliated Napoleon began his retreat from Moscow.Boris is no Napoleon but “snowflakes” may be falling!

    • steve
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

      Ian Wragg

      Well as far as I and many others are concerned he has capitulated. He’s removed the ability of NI to veto, thus making it easier for Ireland to make a grab for the province (which they will), and all the signs are he’s given the french our fishing grounds.

      He actually believes he’ll win the next general election, he’s in for the shock of his life.

      I would otherwise say ‘RIP conservative party’ but ‘rot in the hot place’ seems appropriate under the circumstances.

      I won’t be voting for these miserable cowards, I’ll be voting for Mr Farage…..someone uncorrupted and having the balls to take on the EU.

      • Oggy
        Posted October 14, 2019 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

        Well said Steve, I am in full agreement with you.

    • bill brown
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

      Ian Wragg

      You have always worked for them

    • Fred H
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

      Ian…..working won’t help much – – – VOTING will.

      • Ian Wragg
        Posted October 14, 2019 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

        I mean actually helping on the ground as well as voting
        I’ve just upped my subscription.

    • steve
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

      Ian Wragg

      “What is proposed is of no consequence if you extend Article 50
      Your party is finished as a serious contender.”

      The consequence is that we will use the power of ballot with absolute vengeance at the next general election whether they extend A50 or not. It’s done now.

      And it’ll serve them right.

      Boris should have –

      Kicked the EU and french out of our fishing areas.
      Shown some guts and warned Ireland not to interfere in British sovereign affairs.
      Done something about countries which insult ours, instead of turning the other cheek.

      And should not have –
      Been deliberately secretive especially where Varadkar is concerned.

      We warned time and time again no capitulations no secret sneaky surrender meetings abroad like Mrs May did. Look what we got…Boris doing it as well.

      When the conservatives go down with Labour and the Libs next election they’ll only have themselves to blame.

      Gutless, totally gutless.

  22. bill brown
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    Sir JR

    Government to spend more to

    “Distance ourselves from the German recession and advanced slowdown on the Continent”

    Which advanced slowdown on the Continent?

    Growth rates on the Continent as of June 2019 in percentages:
    France 1.4
    Poland 4.50
    Romania 4.40
    Malta 4.00
    Lithuania 3.90
    Bulgaria 3.50
    Denmark 2.60
    Croatia 2.40
    Spain 2.00
    Portugal 1.80
    Netherlands 1.80

    Source: Eurostat

    The question is how much can we afford to stimulate the economy with a large balance of payment deficit and government debt of nearly 88%.
    I am not sure we have as much flexibility as you propose, unless we end up with deficits the size of the US for the moment of nearly US$ 1 trillion a year

    • Know-Dice
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

      You missed out Germany?

    • MickN
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

      You seem to have missed Germany out. Any reason for that?

      • bill brown
        Posted October 14, 2019 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

        Mick N

        I missed out a number of countries as I was not going to put all 28

        • libertarian
          Posted October 16, 2019 at 8:32 am | Permalink

          billy hans

          You missed out Germany because as I told you months ago Merkel has lost the plot and Germany is heading for BIG trouble. All of which you deny and pretend isn’t happening. So to remind you Germanys “growth” is 0.4% and falling

          Once they are in trouble then the EU is doomed

      • margaret howard
        Posted October 14, 2019 at 5:39 pm | Permalink


        Don’t know about their growth rate but seeing that German productivity is 27% higher than ours they obviously don’t have to worry too much about a temporary blip due mainly to the changes in the car industry.

        • libertarian
          Posted October 15, 2019 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

          Margaret Howard

          I thought you were a regular reader of German press ?

          German hospitals short of drugs,

          The slow down in manufacturing spilling over into services

          Employment about to take a hit

          VW moving factories and jobs out of Germany because of claustrophobic EU regulations

          Germany tries to stop EIB from phasing out fossil fuel investments confirms the country has no interest in meeting Paris targets. Big conflicts ahead.

          The auto sector is about to become a source of large-scale job losses in Germany – http://eurointelligence.com

          German government’s CO2 deal benefits long-distance commuters with large SUVs. Country now on course to miss 2030 climate goals.

          All stories in German press last week

          Do keep up

    • a-tracy
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

      bill how much of this growth do you think comes from EU spending in those different Countries?

      I was looking at europarl and their budget at a glance for 2017. Malta for example contributes 82 million euro and 15 million in customs duties (less their 20%) but gains 201.3 million euros EU spending. By comparison in the same year 2017 the UK made a 10.58 billion contribution plus 3.97 billion customs duties and the EU spent 6,326.3 million euros.

    • Alan Jutson
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 1:36 pm | Permalink


      You seem to have missed a few Countries out.

      If you are going to quote figures for the EU then do not Pick and choose, publish them all.

      You have published only 11 out of 28.

      I wonder why that is ?

      • bill brown
        Posted October 14, 2019 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

        Alan Jutson

        Look them up it is not that difficult most of them grow more than we do

        • libertarian
          Posted October 16, 2019 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

          billy hans

          the 6 biggest EU economies ALL are LESS than the UK which is why you didn’t include them in your list

          Yup Malta grew 4% Thats Malta population 450,000 or a third the size of Kent , thats Malta GDP $22 billion Kent grew 4.1% last year

          Propaganda fail old son

      • margaret howard
        Posted October 14, 2019 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

        Alan Jutson

        “If you are going to quote figures for the EU then do not Pick and choose, publish them all.

        You have published only 11 out of 28.”

        Not bad going though!

        Can you name any other world trading bloc with such a success rate?

        Not surprised it is the world’s most successful with countless countries queuing up to join.

        • Alan Jutson
          Posted October 14, 2019 at 9:28 pm | Permalink


          How many successful countries are queuing up to join the EU

          I see a few small countries who want a hand out.

        • Fred H
          Posted October 15, 2019 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

          MH ..countless? – – name a dozen.

        • libertarian
          Posted October 15, 2019 at 7:23 pm | Permalink


          Yes the BIGGER market China has a growth rate of 6.9%

          These countries queuing up to join would be Turkey , Albania and Serbia wow , whoopee do.

          NOT the worlds richest and most successful Switzerland, Norway and Iceland though , they dont want to join

    • Simon Coleman
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

      We don’t have any flexibility, as he knows perfectly well.

    • Dennis Zoff
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

      EU July 2019 GDP Growth rates
      Source: Trading Economics

      Ireland 5.80 -10.4%
      Hungary 4.90 -7.9%
      Poland 4.50 0.1%
      Romania 4.40 -7.4%
      Malta 4.00 -3.7%
      Lithuania 3.90 -15.7%
      Liechtenstein 3.80 -10.9%
      Luxembourg 3.70 -7.0%
      Estonia 3.60 -19.3%
      Bulgaria 3.50 -14.0%
      Cyprus 3.20 -6.7%
      Denmark 2.60 -6.2%
      Slovenia 2.50 -9.8%
      Croatia 2.40 -8.6%
      Latvia 2.00 -16.2%
      Slovakia 2.00 -6.0%
      Spain 2.00 -4.3%
      Greece 1.90 -10.2%
      Netherlands 1.80 -4.6%
      Portugal 1.80 -4.5%
      Austria 1.50 -6.0%
      France 1.40 -3.8%
      United Kingdom 1.30 -5.8%
      Belgium 1.20 -3.8%
      Finland 1.20 -9.3%
      Sweden 1.00 -5.3%
      Germany 0.40 -6.9%
      Italy -0.10 -7.2%

  23. Kevin
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    The fact that Mr. Johnson has recently been threatened with imprisonment
    over the implementation of a referendum ought surely to have brought to his
    mind the subject of civil liberties. Can he not now empathise with people who
    might lose their jobs or freedom because they have a different opinion? So,
    yes, what do we get from the Tories? More tinkering with taxes?

    • steve
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 4:30 pm | Permalink


      “The fact that Mr. Johnson has recently been threatened…”

      Well it’s easy to threaten him, he doesn’t retaliate and caves in straightaway.

  24. Lifelogic
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    Much propaganda seems to be coming out about HS2 being green and low carbon travel. Complete and utter drivel and propaganda lies. If you look at the carbon cost of building it, running it, the staff, ticketing, the connection journeys made at each end and everything else it is a complete disaster in environmental terms, in carbon terms and indeed in economic terms too.

    Cancel as soon as possible please. Tax cuts would be 10,000 times better than HS2.

    • acorn
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

      Lifelogic, as this sites resident Chief Denialist, I thought you might be upset by the following.

      Renewable energy sources provided more electricity to UK homes and businesses than fossil fuels for the first time over the last quarter, according to new research.

      The renewables record was set in the third quarter of this year after its share of the electricity mix rose to 40%. It is the first time that electricity from British wind farms, solar panels and renewable biomass plants has surpassed fossil fuels since the UK’s first power plant fired up in 1882.

      • stred
        Posted October 15, 2019 at 7:41 am | Permalink

        According to the Green site My Grid, wind, solar and biomass produced 29% of electricity over the past 28 windy days. Nuclear and French nuclear produces about 25% but most of these nukes are due to close down in 10 years time. Biomass at Drax using American trees does not really save much CO2.

      • Lifelogic
        Posted October 15, 2019 at 10:37 am | Permalink

        Indeed but that is only electric (only about 20% of total energy) they often include nuclear, hydro and burning imported wood (bio) as being low carbon. They also take the third quarter when energy use is low anyway.

        Propaganda in essence.

        • Fred H
          Posted October 15, 2019 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

          “Lies, damned lies, and statistics”

  25. Polly
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    ”there are crucial issues that matter that we…. need to debate and tackle.”

    Isn’t this a classic case of not seeing the elephant in the room ?


  26. Ian @Barkham
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    Good morning,


    The Damage to the UK economy and its wellbeing from the membership of the protectionist and isolationist club that is the EU, has dragged us back in to a Socialist dominated doctrine that belittles humanity.

    Couple that with the additional damage afford us by a self serving Political class that is resisting the freedom and prosperity that a clean break Brexit will give us. Has added further damage to UK industry and commerce. Do not lose sight of the fact that according to the EU themselves only 4.5% of UK manufacturing GDP relies on being in the EU. The other 95% is being held back by the EU and Brexit indecision.

    We need to get back to permitting individuals to fulfil potential and not be stifled.

    To get there, there also has to be a massive reforming of our Political structure. The destructing of democracy by a Parliament that continually lies, to those they serve has to change. Getting elected on a Promise and receiving a Mandate based on that promise requires the honesty if things should cause a change of mind to go back to those that lent the Sovereignty to their elected representatives.

    That latter bit is the main Point an elected representative is lent sovereignty by those that put them their and pay their wages. It is not for them to trash that responsibility and trust by stroking their own egos.

  27. libertarian
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    Our country and economy has been in a good position for some while BECAUSE politicians have been focused on destroying democracy and not paying attention to meddling in everything else .

    We have very high employment ( and massive skills shortages) Scrap the apprentice levy and simplify the system

    We lead the world in advanced technology and digital, scrap the utterly pathetic GDPR nonsense and replace with something far simpler and more meaningful , scrap the cookie cobblers too

    Totally reform business rates to make our High Streets more affordable for business

    Scrap So called Business Improvement Districts an utter rip off hidden tax that provides no benefit what so ever

    How about a scheme that encourages the replacement of older more environmentally unfriendly vehicles with new low output ones

    Oh and STOP attacking self employed , small business and anyone who wants to grow a business with endless regulations and stupidity like reverse VAT, loan charge clawback etc etc

    • bill brown
      Posted October 17, 2019 at 9:39 am | Permalink


      I think you need to read the basc Macroeconomics text book again, I can recommend Samuelson. Good luck

  28. Simeon
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    It is entirely reasonable for you not to post on Brexit every day. As extraordinary as present times are, I make you right that responding to every piece of tittle tattle is unnecessary. That said, all these other issues that are certainly important, and in many cases pressing, won’t be addressed until a working government is in place. A GE is obviously required for this. The nature of the government returned will be profoundly influenced by the outcome of this initial Brexit stage. As valuable as it is to make future plans, without a plan to deliver an acceptable Brexit, such is futile. It is this that I suspect provokes people’s impatience.

  29. libertarian
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    Newmania/Andy/MartininC & others

    You know you kept telling us that the EU hold all the cards and we would suffer on leaving and we would be in big trouble as the EU doesn’t fear Brexit

    Financial Times ( very pro EU)

    Hundreds of German companies call for EU help as Brexit fears bite

    Family groups press for less bureaucracy and lower taxes to boost competitiveness

    German companies are calling for simplified taxes, less bureaucracy and more digital integration

    Hundreds of German companies have appealed for more direct support from Brussels and a business-friendly stance from EU lawmakers as they grapple with the effects of Brexit, the US-China trade war and a global economic slowdown.

    Responding to a poll by the Stiftung Familienunternehmen, or Foundation for Family Businesses, some of the country’s most successful companies said the new European Commission must do more to boost competitiveness. They placed emphasis on simplifying taxes, reducing bureaucracy and deeper digital integration.


    Your often repeated assertion that the city would be moving to Frankfurt, Paris and Brussels


    HSBC shed 8,000 retail banking staff in France ( Newmania thats more than treble the entire number of city staff relocated to posts in the EU from UK )

    The German manufacturing recession is now spilling over into services. Employment starting to be hit

  30. William Long
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    I think you should add a root and branch restructuring and simplification of the Tax System. It has been made quite unacceptably complicated and is clearly no longer fit for its purpose. Not even HMRC can understand it now.

  31. Mike Wilson
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    Please, please, PLEASE abandon Brexit. Sometimes in life you have to ask ‘Is it worth it?’

    Plus: Regain sovereignty. Control back wit our useless politicians and political system.

    Minus: Trade issues and no longer able to regard yourself as a citizen of Europe able to work and live where you want.

    I used to think the democracy issue was so important it trumped all other matters. Given the woeful state of our democracy- it no longer seems that important.

    Abandon Brexit. It’s not worth it.

    • Hope
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

      Deluded soul. You lost get over it. Accept your own words.

  32. David Burrows
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    Surely Boris is only trying to provoke opposition parties to allow a General Election. The Fixed term Parliament Act was not the least of Dave’s stupidities.

  33. Pete S
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    Why did a UK gov not veto the FTA with Japan. What is in it for the UK as a whole. ?

    • old salt
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

      Pete S
      Do we still have a veto?

    • Dennis
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

      Pete S why? Perhaps it was known that a UK veto would be ignored as happened with Cameron.

  34. Bob
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    Andrew Marr’s invidious attack on Priti Patel is just another example of the underlying prejudice that pervades the corporation.

    The BBC is too far gone to be saved, so scrap the Licence Fee and do us all a favour.

    • Fred H
      Posted October 15, 2019 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

      scrap the BBC, that solves the second issue.

  35. David J
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Many of us do look forward to the Queens Speech. This may be a very short session, but good to hear the objectives that our Government wants to pursue.
    This is also the beginning of the last chapter for Bercow as speaker. There should be a good deal of interest to understand who the successor will be.

  36. a-tracy
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Can we have a new rule in the Queen’s speech to fine people that block the public roadway without permission?

    It makes me laugh if a vehicle goes for a moment into a yellow box when their lane isn’t clear £60 fine. Stray into a bus lane for a moment £60 fine “Bus lane fines are booming, raising over £30m in money from motorists”. Park on a red zone massive fine. Sit in the middle of the financial district disrupting traffic – what exactly is the fine per minute? You can put the money into environmental projects and Universities investigating new methods to sort these problems out with brains rather than rewarding ….. with publicity

    • The Prangwizard
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 11:45 am | Permalink

      If I were to stand in the centre of a road alone with a protest banner I would be immediately removed. But if a bunch of people do it the police step back and facilitate their activities and protect them.

      Don’t attempt to convince me the police apply the law equally and impartially.

  37. margaret howard
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 10:53 am | Permalink


    “and to distance ourselves from the German recession”

    Reuters Business News Oct 14 9.18am

    “The technical recession expected in the third quarter will come after nine successive years of growth, fueled by an export boom mainly to China and more recently a consumption-driven cycle supported by low interest rates in the euro zone”

    • Robert mcdonald
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 11:36 am | Permalink

      Its the future that counts, not the past. And the future is not looking good in the eu.

      • bill brown
        Posted October 15, 2019 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

        Robert Mcdonald,

        that sort of generalisation for 27 countries is not worth the paper it is written on

        • libertarian
          Posted October 16, 2019 at 8:36 am | Permalink


          Oh great strategist , they were talking about the huge problems in Germany . Without the UK and Germany limping along in recession who do you think is going to be taking up the revenue shortfall in the EU? Maybe get Albania and Serbia on board quickly, that’ll do it… oh

          • bill brown
            Posted October 17, 2019 at 9:36 am | Permalink


            Look at the statistics and stick to the facts

    • Fred H
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

      in other words – live in the fairytale, sell to one untrustworthy, unstable country, buy stuff now on credit before it all goes tits-up!

      • margaret howard
        Posted October 14, 2019 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

        Fred H

        Excellent summing up of our post Brexit world when we have hitched our wagon to that of the failing US with an unstable president indebted to the whole globe.

        • libertarian
          Posted October 16, 2019 at 8:37 am | Permalink


          In what way have we hitched our wagon to the USA ?

    • Bester Schriftstell
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

      …” a technical recession” We have been there and got the (in German ) T-Shirt.
      It will not affect the Deutsche Mark in your pocket( via poetic licence)

  38. Derek Henry
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    Well said John,

    No point after Brexit sticking with nonsense fiscal conservatism. Based on the fact we still use the gold standard and fixed exchange rates. Only a fool would think government finances operates like a household or business budget.

    Trump shows the way John. Tax cuts and record breaking government spending and why he will win by a landslide in the next US election.

    Let the deficit be what it will be. As long is it does not cause inflation there is nothing to worry about. 3%, 5%, 8% who cares the number does not matter.

    Giving the private sector an equivalent surplus lifts all boats.

    • Ed M
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

      (It’s not black and white of course, and I support President Trump on some important things – but overall, as a political leader, I think he’s far more bad news, long-term, for The USA and also for the world / UK).

  39. agricola
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Just watched the state opening of parliament. The first thing that struck me was the vast number of ermine clad peers who due to their numbers prevented the HoC from entering the chamber and receiving the Queens speech. A government with a majority must sort this old farts club and produce something less in number and more practical.

    The contents of the speech requires a government majority so post Brexit a GE is mandatory. I also noted that the BBC managed to produce a panel of the usual sclerotic nay sayers to fantasise their wish list. The missing item from the speech was the root and branch reform of the BBC, a priority for a majority Boris government..

    • Fred H
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

      yep – 650 screeching MPs, 1000+ failed old-boys(and girls) pensioned off.

  40. libertarian
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    Martin in Cardiff & Magaret Howard

    You say that the EU is the epitome of civilised, peaceful and democratic behaviour

    Your views please

    The Catalan leaders behind the 2017 independence referendum have just been sentenced at the Spanish Supreme Court. 9 have been given sentences of between 9 and 13 years in prison, including former Vice President Oriol Junqueras, who’s been sentenced to 13 years. FOR STAGING A REFERENDUM

    48 weeks of French rioting

    Denmark closes border with Sweden due to increased criminal activity

    No working too well right now

    • Andy
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

      1) A domestic matter for the Spanish
      2) A domestic matter for the French
      3) A matter for Denmark and Sweden

      • libertarian
        Posted October 15, 2019 at 7:30 pm | Permalink


        So you are confirming that the EU does NOT have any say in protecting citizens of its member countries It doesn’t bring peace and it doesn’t bring the rule of law ?

        Despite the fact that for 3 years you’ve been on here crying that we will lose this protection when we leave…. Lol ok Andy

    • bill brown
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 1:23 pm | Permalink


      The Danes are making a few checks they have not closed the border.

      Get the facts right, if you wish to use them

    • margaret howard
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 3:45 pm | Permalink


      “Denmark closes border with Sweden due to increased criminal activity”

      To address just one of your absurd claims:

      Oct 14 2019:

      “Denmark’s Justice Minister Nick Haekkerup announced in Copenhagen that the country will set up temporary internal border checks at the border with Sweden starting next month.
      The move comes after two Swedes were charged with being involved in an explosion outside the Danish Tax Agency in August.

      Denmark is connected to Sweden via the Oresund bridge across a 10-mile strait. Thousands of citizens from the two countries commute across the border daily by train and car”

      Puts a different perspective on your claim – the border is just a bridge. I bet the mayor of London would be thrilled if he could do the same in London and stop the endless knife murders haunting his city.

      • libertarian
        Posted October 15, 2019 at 7:28 pm | Permalink


        But you keep telling us open borders frictionless flow etc etc

        You lot are laughable

        I see you have nothing to say about anti democracy failings and punishment beatings of civilians…

        • bill brown
          Posted October 17, 2019 at 9:35 am | Permalink


          You can do better than coming up with arguments like that I do not see that I had any comments on France or Spain but you still drew your own conclusions , that is your own problem

    • Sea Warrior
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

      I heartily approve of Denmark’s decision, which will presumably lead to a harder border, between two EU members, than is deemed permissible by the EU in the island of Ireland.

      • bill brown
        Posted October 14, 2019 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

        Sea warrior

        You have totally missed the point, it is not permanent, so I am sure the Danes are very thankful for your approval

        • libertarian
          Posted October 15, 2019 at 7:31 pm | Permalink


          temporary or not , busted Its NOT an open border

  41. MakingWaves
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    Heard the Queen’s speech and have a good idea of what was going through her mind-
    ‘bunch of amateurs’

  42. acorn
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    Javid’s post-Brexit budget will be interesting, and as always you have to be on your toes to spot politicians quoting “nominal” spending numbers whilst camouflaging the “real terms” spending numbers. How big a budget deficit is he prepared to run?

    Nominal government spending has increased by 16.5% since 2010. Real spending has increased by 0.2% since 2010. As a % of GDP, it has dropped from 44.9% to 37.9%. Meanwhile, the UK population has increased by 6% and nominal GDP by 38%.

    • Edward2
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

      You can use all the percentages you like acorn but in cash terms state spending has risen from £340 billion in 2000 to a projected £850 billion in 2020.

    • Derek Henry
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

      As long as it does not cause inflation who cares what size it is ?

      Only those that think we are still on the gold standard and use fixed exchange rates worry about the number.

      • Edward2
        Posted October 14, 2019 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

        We already have inflation.

  43. steve
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Did her Majesty mention CFP ?

    …..not that I’m aware of. This is not brexit, it’s BRINO. Take note Boris; we did not vote for compromise, we did not authorise you to compromise, and you were warned not to give in to french demands to access our territorial waters.

    We also warned what would happen if you did. Now, bring on that general election.

  44. agricola
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    The need for future voters to produce a form of photographic identity before voting is long overdue. Labour of course oppose it because they will cease to benefit from the corruptible system of trust we have had to date. Proxy voting will also be limited. In a typical stand it on its’ head Labour reaction they call this rigging the election! This only confirms in my mind their total unsuitability to run the country.

    • Fred H
      Posted October 15, 2019 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

      Produce a Nat Ins number to be recorded against the Electoral Roll?

  45. Johnny Dubb
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Sir John
    Can someone explain the Japan Fta? It looks like a suicide note to me. By 2026 Germany obviously expects Japan to purchase more German cars than Germans purchasing Japanese (Germany doesn’t worry about the other Euro nations). This will probably happen but what will people buy when faced with a choice between either say, Citroen or a tariff free Toyota?
    I know where my 20,000 euros would go! Where were the French, Italian and Spanish car industry when this was going on?
    On the Queen’s Speech. I’m afraid I was at my place in Spain (I voted against my own selfish interest when voting for Brexit) so missed the riot which I assume occurred when the previous session ended. I hope that you survived it ok.
    I’m hoping for common sense measures to help working people and small businesses, a return of law and order and the banning of NGOs, quangos and pressure groups from schools. Forcing defecting MPs into by-elections is essential, as is reform of the Lords. In other words, measures popular with the public which will further highlight the disreputable rabble in parliament when they are blocked.

  46. Ian Wilson
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Agree entirely with a-tracy, the government needs to be far tougher with the Green Mafia blocking roads, inflating household and business costs and stopping progress. Couldn’t water cannons be hired from abroad, preferably filled with refrigerated water? These mobs are merely encouraged by government responses endlessly exaggerating the probably non-existent threat of climate change.

    It seems today Cuadrilla and Ineos have abandoned fracking in the UK, an appalling indictment of CONSERVATIVE obstruction as well as Green Mafia opposition.

    • rose
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

      Not sure the fracking has been abandoned. The reconnaissance has been completed for the time being. There is a lot of misinformation on fracking. For example, a company was looking for oil in Sussex, but it was put about that it was fracking and causing earthquakes, so the anarchists descended en masse, including their well heeled friends and supporters, or useful idiots rather. then they claimed a great victory.

      On water cannon, our beloved PM did go abroad and buy two from Germany when he was Mayor and there were terrifying riots with people jumping out of burning buildings and others being killed in t he streets. The then Home Secretary, Mrs May, overruled him and he wasn’t allowed to use them. She then made a crude sexist joke about it at her leadership contest. Could a politician have gone any lower? Well, the present Mayor managed it, scoring a cheap political point by actually selling them at a great loss, just to be petty and spiteful.

  47. Margaret
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    Of course there isn’t any point in throwing money at the NHS.The cases for an increase in departmental budgets will simply be left to those who can prepare good paper cases and the high profile areas which publicity wise make good news.We therefore need to review with an independent body where the money goes to and not just blindly agree with professor X.

    • Prigger
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

      We have not reached maturity in managing the NHS. You are right that things change in the NHS by people who make good paper cases on issues or get publicity. It is political in the widest sense as you infer.
      I do not see a solution to it. I admit it.

    • Oggy
      Posted October 15, 2019 at 8:00 am | Permalink

      This is how the problem began in the first place, creating more highly paid jobs/managers to see where all the money is going, when it is self evident and self fulfilling.

      There are more managers in the NHS than there are beds.

      In The hospital in which I used to work, before 1995 just had one corridor of offices then after reorganisation they took over the whole of the old large nurses home and filled it with more offices. Then after creation of the foundation trusts the trust bought a closed down mill across the road and guess what – filled it with more offices and more managers. These managers then get assistant managers and all get secretaries – this is where all the taxpayers money goes.

  48. Dominic
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    The Tory party’s job is simple

    Get the UK out of the EU
    Destroy Labour and its client state

    • Mark B
      Posted October 15, 2019 at 3:49 am | Permalink

      Dominic you get my vote 🙂

    • Fred H
      Posted October 15, 2019 at 7:05 am | Permalink

      The Party’s main job is to look at itself. Who allowed, nay encouraged, the present dozens of pretence MPs to be their candidates?
      A root and branch review needs to be held to stand a chance of recovering the values and policies once recognised as ‘Tory’.

  49. Original Richard
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    I’m pleased to see that the government intends to bring in photo voter ID.

    I hope in addition it will tackle duplicate voting, fraudulent postal votes and make the necessary changes to equalise the sizes of constituencies.

    • Lifelogic
      Posted October 15, 2019 at 4:46 am | Permalink


      It would also be nice if MPs did not say one thing before elections (usually promising tax cuts and far better public services) but then deliver the complete opposite after being elected (usually huge tax increases and declining public services).

  50. Lynn Atkinson
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    I would love to hear that the water companies are replacing all lead pipes in their ownership!

    • Lifelogic
      Posted October 15, 2019 at 4:47 am | Permalink

      This is a rather over exaggerated problem I think.

  51. Simon Coleman
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    Tax cuts and increased public spending, with borrowing set to rise to cope with Brexit. Can you just answer a simple question – where’s the money coming from? Not just over one year but over a 5 year parliament?

    • Derek Henry
      Posted October 14, 2019 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

      Where do you think ?

      From thin air, keystrokes on a computer all the government does is instruct the BOE to credit bank accounts.

      When you watch cricket and look at the score board you do not ask where the the runs come from.

      There is not a limited amount of £’s in a field somewhere that when they run out there is none left.

    • Lifelogic
      Posted October 15, 2019 at 4:50 am | Permalink

      From the tax payers who earn it of course (who would spend it far better than the government – were it left with them as it certainly should be) we already have taxes at a forty year high.

  52. V Rose
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    You can herald your incompetent PM & Tory Gov all you wish. No matter what the Queens speech says NOTHING will come of any of it as a General election is coming. No time to pass any Bills. You are all a bunch of self serving greedy leeches draining everything from UK, hedgefunders betting on the pound and not giving two fecks for anyone! Your days are numbered as is this Union.

    • Edward2
      Posted October 15, 2019 at 6:41 am | Permalink

      Odd opinion V, because various polls show the Conservatives ahead of Labour and with Boris preferred as PM by voters to Jeremy by a large margin.
      We agree on one thing.
      An election is required as soon as possible.

  53. Alice in La la land
    Posted October 15, 2019 at 2:37 am | Permalink

    “Air miles programs should be banned and a levy on frequent flyers implemented in order to reduce carbon emissions from aviation, the UK government’s climate advisory body has said in a new report.”
    Really. What kind of joke is this? Said with a straight face. Oh yes, hahahahaha. Any more like that?
    Blood tests for drugs, each and every day, should be implemented in The House before some MP goes full psychotic fit.

  54. a-tracy
    Posted October 15, 2019 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    I’m beginning to wonder why people follow rules of the road and take precautions like insuring themselves to travel or against fires anymore and if you don’t get a grip more people will start to question police action.

    Quickly put into law fines for people obstructing roadways and others from their work. The woman with an hammer trying to smash the Transport Dept window fine her for wasting police time, the cost of the cherry picker, endangering officers. I’m getting sick of this one way policing. I’ve a friend who got a £60 fine for stopping in a yellow box, the reason he stopped a foot into that box was because someone on the inside of him (whose lane was blocked) zoomed into his gap that had opened up so he had to stop again rather than block the entire box junction and he is the one with the fine!

    What about people getting recovered from holiday at taxpayers expense when other people took out insurance to get themselves back and to cover their holiday for all eventualities, they booked with IATA, ATOL and other travel agents yet general taxpayers (many of whom insure themselves) have to pay to bring back people who don’t bother and our politicians laud themselves “aren’t we great and generous”. Taking over liquidated companies to bring people back for two weeks is an excellent idea and should have been implemented immediately.

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