This site in the Election

All MPs lose their jobs when Parliament dissolves. This is not an official MP website so it makes no great difference to this site. I will continue with the blogs and will declare the costs of the site as an election expense.

I have amended my biography. All past references to my role as MP will stay in the archived materials but are of course references to my last service and not to my current position.I am the Prospective Conservative candidate for Wokingham and will write some blogs about the election. I will continue to provide general commentary about other issues where appropriate.

I will not be publishing contributor exhortations to vote for other parties or overtly partisan anti Conservative material during the election period. There will be plenty of that elsewhere. Contributors should not name candidates or particular seats in pieces either to promote or denigrate. National campaigns, policies and arguments are of wider interest.

All articles will be written and published by John Redwood of 30 Rose Street Wokingham RG40 1XU

The Conservative election agent is David Edmonds of 30 Rose Street Wokingham RG40 1XU

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103 Comments

  1. Pominoz
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 5:32 am | Permalink

    Sir John,

    Your willingness to post on this site the varying views of contributors is much appreciated and, for the duration of the election campaign, I thank many of us will understand that it is inappropriate for you to promote a party other than Conservative.

    Your breadth of understanding of how the general public are feeling is, I believe, influenced to a degree by the messages you receive here. Do you wish to continue to receive our frank opinions as the campaign progresses, even if you decide that it is inappropriate to publish them or are you asking us all to bottle it for the time being?

    I take this opportunity to wish you well in your personal campaign. It is vital you are re-elected as the (almost) lone voice in your party who still believes a clean WTO Brexit is the right course. Please persuade Boris that his WA2 must not be the focus of the manifesto.

    Reply Happy to see views as before

    • Peter Wood
      Posted October 31, 2019 at 6:24 am | Permalink

      No to WA2! Perhaps a good slogan?

      In order to get this result, we need a minority Tory government with 30 or so seats held by TBP, who can then take the place of the DUP and stiffen the resolve of cabinet to take the necessary decisions.

      Good luck Sir John.

    • Posted October 31, 2019 at 6:46 am | Permalink

      Totally agree. Best wishes for your campaign.

    • Julie Williams
      Posted October 31, 2019 at 6:54 am | Permalink

      Seconded!

    • Martin in Cardiff
      Posted October 31, 2019 at 8:13 am | Permalink

      I hope that Alexander Johnson accepts Jeremy Corbyn’s challenge to televised debates.

      He has not been enthusiastic in the past, however.

      I assume that it was perhaps because the Chair would not allow easily-demonstrably false assertions to be made?

      • libertarian
        Posted October 31, 2019 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

        Martin

        Ha ha ha laughing myseld silly here . Have you never watched PMQ”s ? Corbyn is a ridiculously uninformed, mathematical ignoramus

        In a TV debate Corbyn would get destroyed

        The Labour Party ARE the party of false assertions

        • Martin in Cardiff
          Posted October 31, 2019 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

          Why has Johnson form on refusing these debates then?

    • Fred H
      Posted October 31, 2019 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

      Reply Happy to see views as before

      reply to reply ….but not always mine.

      • Pominoz
        Posted October 31, 2019 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

        Fed H,

        We all experience it from time to time, sometimes without understanding why.

        It is, however, Sir John’s blog. Quite rightly he is the sole arbiter and I, for one, am confident that, overall, a balance of opinion is published. Indeed, it seems at times that the ‘Remainer’ view is allowed more than the balance of latitude, both in tone and number of submissions. It will be good when the will of the majority has been properly delivered which should see such desperate posts disappear.

  2. Ian Wragg
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 5:36 am | Permalink

    Thanks for allowing us somewhere to make our views known. Not that it seems to do any good. I really think that the Conservatives Party needs a dose of reality if it thinks that the WA is an acceptable solution to Brexit. I know you don’t.

    • Lifelogic
      Posted October 31, 2019 at 7:52 am | Permalink

      Me too, if we can get a sensible pro Brexit Parliament elected, one that reflects the people views rather better, then we could get a far better deal post the election. Once we are released from the many no nation, LibDim fake Conservatives and from the appalling & enfeebling surrender bill and its truly appalling, traitor proponents. Just leaving is a far better deal after all.

      Boris is making a big mistake in not making this point (yet) and not having some accommodation in some seats that Brexit could win but the Conservatives never can. He is also making a mistake allowing the 10 appalling traitors back in.

      Still we can at least rejoice on the retirement of the appalling John Brecow he certainly should not be elevated. He has at least help to drive out some of the appalling remainers with view like his. He and May have been the real problems with this rancid parliament. Just go man, repent in silence and enjoy your richly undeserved gold plated pension.

    • Andy
      Posted October 31, 2019 at 8:22 am | Permalink

      Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal will be in the Conservative manifesto. Anyone standing as a Conservative candidate is specifically endorsing the deal. The one which sells out Northern Ireland, removes your rights, turns us into a vassal state, flogs off the NHS to Trump and costs us £70bn per year. This is what Brexit means and every Conservative elected on 12/12 will have specifically endorsed it.

      Incidentally it sounds like Farage is not going to stand in 650 seats – maybe only managing 50. So Boris’s deal is Brexit.

      • libertarian
        Posted October 31, 2019 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

        Andy

        You are beyond parody . Now either answer the question or your lack of response will be treated a s a signal that you are totally and utterly ignorant

        EXACTLY what of the NHS is up for sale? If the Tories wanted to sell it why haven’t they sold it whilst in the EU after all EVERY SINGLE OTHER EU’s healthcare is privately provided. Why has no French health business bought it?

        So what is up for sale and why would a hotels and leisure business ( Trump) want to buy a healthcare business anyway ?

    • Posted October 31, 2019 at 10:28 am | Permalink

      Yes, Mr Wragg – a dose of reality indeed. It seems increasing numbers of people are becoming knowledgeable about the implications of the Withdrawal Treaty – so perhaps more MPs will inform themselves personally about it instead of depending on their civil servants to ‘interpret’ it for them. This election could be the making of the country AND the Conservative Party if only they don’t treat us like ignorant fools.

      Thank you, Sir John, for continuing with this blog. You’ll be a light in dark places when all other lights go out!

  3. Mark B
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 5:40 am | Permalink

    Good morning.

    OK, and good luck.

    • sm
      Posted October 31, 2019 at 6:09 am | Permalink

      Seconded.

  4. Iain Gill
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 6:09 am | Permalink

    Have you been told what is in the manifesto yet? Or will it be as much a surprise to you as to us?

    How do you reconcile the things we know were put in the manifesto the last time to win votes while the party leadership had no intention of delivering, indeed the party was open about this under Chatham House rules to big business?
    Do you know about any similar policies this time?

    What policies are like immigration down to the tens of thousands little more than a con?

  5. Wilfrid Whattam
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 6:17 am | Permalink

    Well, I am very left wing and you are definitely on the right – with unusual characteristics. But, I greatly admire your straightness, clarity, and honesty. Best of luck in your election campaign.

  6. Dominic
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    Expose Labour’s extremism. If the Tories and BP fail to crush a rancid, criminally hypocritical party like Labour then maybe it’s time to close up shop

    Good fortune with your campaigning

    • agricola
      Posted October 31, 2019 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

      No need, the Corbyn has done it in his election launch. A more marxist exposee of his plans for the future of the UK could not be wished for. Should the Torys lose when faced with such an open goal they would only have themselves to blame. Should the labour fantasy come about I would advise anyone with talen to depart in haste.

  7. Simeon
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 6:51 am | Permalink

    Sir John,

    I look forward to reading your views on events as they unfold. I especially look forward to your view of the Conservative party manifesto when it appears.

    I echo the sentiments expressed by others appreciative of your work in maintaining this site. Thank you.

  8. agricola
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    I have voted Conservative all my life with just one abstension when Major was PM. I want to see a truely Conservative government returned with the power to remove us from the EU in a manner we and others have been suggesting for some time. WA2 is not the answer.

    Yesterday a gentleman from the north west was interviewed by ITV. He was a life Labour voter who found current labour unpalatable. Though he admired Boris it would be a bridge too far to vote Conservative. He was not asked but gave the impression he wished to vote rather than stay at home. As in the EU election he would be attracted to the Brexit Party. It makes sense to me that a BP candidate, given no dilution by a Tory candidate could bring a once Labour seat to the HoC to add to the strength of Leave. Such an accommodation could be to the advantage of Conservative candidates in marginal seats. There is no sense in fighting an election against candidates who have the same views on leaving the EU. Labour and L/D candidates may wish to fight the election on domestic issues, but the key issue is Leave or Remain in the EU. Give it some serious thought, I want an unequivocal Leave government to result from this election..

  9. oldtimer
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 7:06 am | Permalink

    Good luck with your campaign. Nationally it looks as though it has the potential to become very unpleasant indeed.

  10. agricola
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    Sorry but Captcha was having a tissy fit and had to be fooled with an extra full stop.

  11. Johnny Dubb
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    Let’s hope that any future Conservative PM has the sense and humility to bring you into the Treasury (some hope). Good luck to a good MP and thanks for the site. Campaigning on the WA is a mistake and a deal with TBP is essential here in the North and elsewhere. We have Momentum Mayor and Police Commissioner here so we clearly need guidance!
    Of course “tactical genius” (some genius….disaster more like) Cummings can’t be upset by Nigel can he?
    Here we go. Good luck again.

  12. Posted October 31, 2019 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    This looks like a really good opportunity to thank you personally for all your hard work on this excellent blog.

  13. APL
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    “Contributors should not name candidates or particular seats in pieces either to promote or denigrate. ”

    Suppose a candidate ( for example; the subject of a post you have already declined to publish ) has behaved in a way that has caused him to be banned from Parliament…….

    It wouldn’t be ‘denigrating’ that candidate, but exposing his behaviour to a wider audience, which in a democracy – during an election campaign, is meet and right.

    I’ve not claimed this particular candidate has behaved in a particular way, the Parliamentary Standards authority has claimed so.

    Yet the good old boys network closes ranks to protect their own.

    Reply I do not wish to entangle myself in electoral law nor do I wish to intervene in other people’s individual elections. If you want to disagree with candidates in different seats then go and do so, but this is not the forum for that.

  14. Christine Marland
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    Good luck and best wishes for your election campaign. We need you back in the new Parliamen supporting a clean WTO in the Con Party.

  15. Dominic
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    31st October 2019. The UK’s official leaving date from the EU. We are still members of the EU.

    • Glenn Vaughan
      Posted October 31, 2019 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

      Dominic/Duncan/Dom

      I understood that the “official leaving date” for the UK was 29th March 2019 and not 31st October 2019.

      Have I misunderstood?

  16. Christine Marland
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    Good luck and best wishes for your election campaign. We need you back in the new Parliament supporting a clean WTO in the Con Party. Thank you for this website and your articles.

  17. Narrow Shoulders
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    Good luck to you Sir in the upcoming ballot.

    I have not yet decided whether to also wish your party luck, I am awaiting all manifestos with interest.

    May we live in interesting times

  18. Sharon Jagger
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    My sentiments are as Pominoz and Ian Wragg and as Mark B says, ‘good morning, okay and good luck!”

  19. steve
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    As you wish, JR.

    Many thanks for your work in providing opportunity for our views to be expressed.

    Of some small comfort, while the outcome does not look good for the conservatives, rest assured it will be a lot worse for Labour and the Libs.

    That said, nobody is going to think any less of you. In fact I have a feeling many will in the future be reflecting that you were right all along.

    Good luck JR, and kindest regards.

  20. Lifelogic
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    Despite the endless line from the lefties and the appalling BBC propaganda outfit, there is nothing “right wing” about Boris nor indeed is there anything right wing about leaving the EU and restoring real UK based democracy, UK courts (non political ones please) and restoring the UK nation.

    It is just common sense especially given the clear views of the electorate – that they were finally permitted to express after 40 odd years of edging to being mere regions of the EUSSR.

  21. Peter van LEEUWEN
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    For at least the duration of your national elections I’ll disappear again.
    I hope that “pitting people against parliament” (dangerous slope) will be avoided.

    • Martin in Cardiff
      Posted October 31, 2019 at 9:55 am | Permalink

      Peter, I’m afraid that it has already been an all-out tactic by this government, and will no doubt continue.

      In countries with truly representative democracies – most modern ones that is – the people recognise that it is THEIR Parliament, and deserves its supremacy therefore.

      Many electors here on the right, and Leave voters, have been misled into thinking that it is their government on the other hand, and that Parliament is just a nuisance to the tyranny of their purely imaginary majority.

      • Edward2
        Posted October 31, 2019 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

        We shall soon see if you are right.

        • bill brown
          Posted November 1, 2019 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

          Edward 2

          Please look at your response on the GINI. It unfortunately shows you are not on top of the facts.

          • Edward2
            Posted November 1, 2019 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

            Still going on about you favourite left wing statistical tool eh hans.
            Would you like us to be equally poor?

            I see Labour want to ban billionaires now.
            Like you they support the politics of envy.

          • bill brown
            Posted November 2, 2019 at 8:19 am | Permalink

            Edward 2

            I think the quality of your response speaks for itself

          • Edward2
            Posted November 2, 2019 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

            Thanks hans.

      • libertarian
        Posted October 31, 2019 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

        Martin

        So you would be perfectly happy for Corbyn to win a majority at the election but the Speaker of the house allowed a bill to go through saying he couldn’t take office?

    • libertarian
      Posted October 31, 2019 at 10:58 am | Permalink

      PvL

      Too late both the EU and our Parliament have been “pitted against the people ” for nearly 4 years . See also France, Sweden and Catalonia for further details

  22. Annette
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Good luck.

  23. George Brooks
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Every good fortune Sir John for your campaign and I hope you get back with a resounding majority.

    If we are to have a Conservative government there has to be an early announcement that Boris’s version of the WA has been binned. We have to cut loose from this ”cash strapped dictatorship” called the EU.

    Further more Labour is going to throw AUSTERITY at you at every conceivable opportunity but for some reason no one is pointing out that many of the measures we had to take were being dictated to us by the EU. Their aim has always been to weaken our economy in an endeavour to bring us under their control

    This is now a wonderful opportunity when putting forward the new programme on the NHS, Policing, Schools, Prisons, Climate change etc to explain the adverse control exercised by the EU in order to slow our economic growth.

    We need every penny of that £39bn to support a vitally important programme of significant improvements across every aspect of life in this country. Achieve this and our economy will grow and we will continue to improve our overall standard of living for EVERYBODY.

    • Pominoz
      Posted October 31, 2019 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

      George,

      “This is now a wonderful opportunity when putting forward the new programme on the NHS, Policing, Schools, Prisons, Climate change etc to explain the adverse control exercised by the EU in order to slow our economic growth.”

      And I hope Sir John and all those who get elected do not forget the decades long travesty of UK Frozen Pensions suffered by those of us in Australia, New Zealand, Canada etc.! Full contributions were made in accordance with the law. The Government’s failure to pay to some what is paid to all others is immoral, discriminatory and in the commercial world would be considered grossly illegal.

      This needs immediate rectification from the Brexit bonus.

  24. steve
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    Off topic (but a view none the less)

    I notice again the BBC referring to the Welsh ‘government’.

    Of course, Wales does not have a Welsh government, it has the Welsh Assembly.

    This screwing around with things by the BBC to mess with the constitution, and people’s minds needs to be stopped.

    • Martin in Cardiff
      Posted October 31, 2019 at 11:58 am | Permalink

      It does have a government. Councils also are local government.

      Neither are “The Government”, however.

      • Martin in Cardiff
        Posted October 31, 2019 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

        Here’s the Welsh Government’s website:

        https://gov.wales

        • Fred H
          Posted October 31, 2019 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

          we probably blocked access with our rush to look.

          • Martin in Cardiff
            Posted November 1, 2019 at 10:07 am | Permalink

            Whatever, the original post was absolute, utter rubbish as usual from that commenter.

  25. ChrisS
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    Very best wishes for the election campaign. I hope you are returned with an increased majority.

    It is vital that the party wins the election with a decent working majority. Not just because of the need to deliver Brexit, but because the alternative of a Corbyn-McDonnell led Labour Government would cause untold damage to the economy of our country.

    One question : When Boris has a good, solid working majority, will he go back and demand improvements to the deal with the EU ? Or will he beef up his demands in the forthcoming trade negotiations ?

    • BJC
      Posted October 31, 2019 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

      Good question, ChrisS, but I doubt Mr Johnson will seek changes from Brussels if a majority has been secured as it’s reasonable to assume that a majority translates to assent for the “deal”. Therein lies my problem, as I feel Brexit is being shamelessly used to hold us to ransom, i.e. vote for the only Brexit option on the table, or there won’t be a majority to deliver Brexit at all. Even worse, ardent Brexiteers would be blamed along with TBP for stopping Brexit. From a Party perspective it’s win/win, i.e. unless TBP supporters of WTO/FTA hold their nerve and refuse to shift allegiance.

  26. Everhopeful
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    Good Luck!

  27. MPC
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Good luck with your campaign in Wokingham Mr Redwood. In the election build up I’d be interested in your views on threats to MPs and whether this is largely down to many of them being perceived to block us exiting the EU. Also how will you persuade people to vote for your party now that manifesto promises can be meaningless? More particularly, how to persuade those who said ‘we don’t believe you’ to Remain Project Fear mongers during the referendum campaign and who ironically will now think the same about Tory manifesto promises.

  28. Fedupsoutherner
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    Thank you for this site John and good luck. I feel if Boris doesn’t do some kind of deal with Farage your party is in danger of losing. I am seriously leaning towards TBP because of the deal.

    • forthurst
      Posted October 31, 2019 at 9:56 am | Permalink

      Are you suggesting the BREXIT party should rename itself the BRINO party?

    • Peter
      Posted October 31, 2019 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

      “I am seriously leaning towards TBP because of the deal.” You are not the only one.

      For me it is far more than the deal. A massive swamp draining exercise is required rather than a quick fix and then business as usual. If that causes major upheaval so be it.

      • Lifelogic
        Posted October 31, 2019 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

        Indeed.

  29. Fred H
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    Currently about 50 MPs who will not seek re-election.

  30. Christine
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    This will be a dirty fight especially from the Lib Dems and the SNP. Let’s hope the new Conservative candidates believe in Brexit and our great country. It’s time to pull together to make Brexit work rather than undermine it. Good luck in your campaign and thank you for providing this site for us to air our views.

  31. Brian Tomkinson
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    I hope you are re-elected. We need more MPs with your diligence and abilities in the House of Commons.

  32. James Bertram
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    Yes, Good Luck, Sir John.
    Even if the Brexit Party don’t have a pact, it may be courteous not to stand a candidate against you (but only you).

  33. Gareth Warren
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    Good luck, if you were my MP you would certainly have my vote.

    This election for brexiteers will be difficult, while the WA2 is better than staying in the EU a lean WTO brexit is still much preferable. To add to that I have doubts in the loyalty of some MPs to the UK parliament vs EU – the Soubry’s and Chucka’s of the last parliament must not be repeated in this new parliament.

    I do fear there still is a second line of such MPs who are prepared to risk their careers in the service of the EU. A successful election will leave them a small minority, for that reason my vote will be more determined by brexit campaigners then just me.

    I wish you success in the upcoming election and look forward to a Britain free of the EU.

  34. Roy Grainger
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Let’s see what’s in the Conservative manifesto. Self-evidently it will contain a commitment implement Boris’ new deal as it stands. Far more important is that it should contain a commitment to leave the EU on WTO terms at the end of the 2-year transition if no FTA has been agreed by then- it needs to be made crystal clear to all Conservative candidates that this is what they are standing on. Not that I would expect a lot of them to bother with that when the time comes – they’ll block it again of course – that’s the problem.

  35. Oxon
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Sir John,
    Best of luck with your campaign, in particular you support for a WTO exit and offer of a GATT Article 24 Free Trade Agreement.

    • old salt
      Posted October 31, 2019 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

      Oxon
      Seconded

      • Lifelogic
        Posted October 31, 2019 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

        Me too.

  36. glen cullen
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Sir John

    Many thanks for providing your blog it is by far one of the most insightful and reasonable platforms with sensible contributions and arguments from both sides

    I wish you well in the general election and hope that your majority is increased

    However the country is screaming out for a strong government with a clear direction on brexit, one that satisfies the referendum result

    There are too many holes in the WA that the opposition parties and the media will rightly criticise.

    Your party must adopt the policy of immediate WTO followed by negotiated FTA…..This will also collect the brexit party vote

    BE BOLD

  37. Denis Cooper
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    JR, as argued yesterday:

    http://johnredwoodsdiary.com/2019/10/30/what-should-an-election-be-about/#comment-1067391

    we would not be having this election if the UK government had swept aside the molehill on the Irish border from which federalists had created the illusion of a mountain, in fact we would probably have left on March 29 as originally promised.

    Just the last paragraphs of today’s letter in the Maidenhead Advertiser, headed:

    “Simple solution to the Irish border ‘problem'”

    “The solution I have proposed in a long series of letters which two successive editors have been kind enough to publish is not entirely original. It is already being used to keep the border between Liechtenstein and Switzerland open, and in 2016 the SNP mooted that the same principle of “parallel marketability” could be applied at the Anglo-Scottish border.

    Moreover similar proposals have been made recently by Sir Jonathan Faull, who previously held a high position at the EU Commission, and by Lord Empey, who was previously the leader of the Ulster Unionist party.

    The question which needs to be answered is why neither Theresa May nor Boris Johnson has ever been prepared to pursue these ideas.”

    Can you offer any explanation?

    • old salt
      Posted October 31, 2019 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

      Denis C
      Dare I suggest the establishment does not want the UK to leave, in fact it would appear it is desperate for us not to leave. I suspect the next leave date will be kicked further down the road again and again. It will soon be longer than the 14-18 campaign.

      • Fred H
        Posted October 31, 2019 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

        salty…..I think that opinion has been covered pretty well, unless you hardly ever read this blog.

    • Antoinetta III
      Posted October 31, 2019 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

      Because the EU is actually the Hotel California.

      You can check in, but you can never leave.”

      Antoinetta III

  38. ukretired123
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    Any MP speaking up for Britain unashamedly like yourself and demonstrated a track record of doing so, of walking the talk should have no problem IMHO Sir John.

    The GE should expose the hypocrites who reneged on Brexit like the tide going out we will see them for what they are.

  39. Anonymous
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    Good luck.

    When it comes to moderation of this blog I’d like to point out to Remainers that it is not just them being moderated !

    The difference is that I don’t whinge about it.

    • MickN
      Posted October 31, 2019 at 9:48 am | Permalink

      Nor I. Whilst some of my posts don’t reach a wider audience I at least know that our kind host has seen them.
      Sir John, I wish you every success in the forthcoming GE.

  40. Sydney Ashurst
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    All candidate selections have to be approved by the local constituency party membership.
    It is to be hoped the candidates will be honest and honour the democratic vote of the people as expressed in the 2016 referendum.

  41. DaveK
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    I believe that unless, during the campaign such topics as leaving on WTO regulations and GATT are discussed, then your party will be subject to a forensic analysis of the “Excellent Deal” and once all the separate flaws are on display, be destroyed.

    Even yesterday I was shared a FB meme relating to our EIB liabilities which sounded horrifying. As far as I am aware the “40 things wrong with the deal” have not reduced markedly.

    Not coming to some arrangement with Mr Farage appears self destructive, a cursory analysis of the last couple of bye elections demonstrates that. Maybe the leadership don’t want to “frighten the horses” and it is all a cunning plan to get us out at the end of January.

    • Peter
      Posted October 31, 2019 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

      ‘Not coming to some arrangement with Mr Farage appears self destructive, a cursory analysis of the last couple of bye elections demonstrates that.’

      Could not agree more.

      Perhaps he foolishly believes the crisis is over for the Conservatives and they can go back to business as usual?

      I am not convinced Boris actually wants a real Brexit anyway. If he can sell BRINO and stay in power he would be a happy man.

      • Lifelogic
        Posted October 31, 2019 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

        I fear this too.

  42. Posted October 31, 2019 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

  43. wes
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    RESPECT.
    Good luck and thanks for this daily info sheet.

  44. ferdinand
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Good luck, and with more good fortune you can be part of a dynamic Conservative administartion which which could even get us out of the EU as a Christmas present.

  45. Shirley
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    As Boris has allowed some of the undemocratic Brexit blockers back into the party, I have to question his motives and whether we should trust him, his party, and any future manifesto. I seriously doubt we should. There are too few democrats and Brexiters in Parliament, and it doesn’t look like any political party is willing to seriously address the problem.

    • Lifelogic
      Posted October 31, 2019 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

      Indeed 10 blatant traitors allowed back in to soil the Tory brand even further.

  46. Rule Britannia
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    You live with your election agent called Dave?

    Reply It is our joint office!

    • Peter
      Posted October 31, 2019 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

      Nice one RB!

      In times of austerity maybe taking in lodgers is the way to go.

    • Fred H
      Posted October 31, 2019 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

      ha ha.

  47. TooleyStu
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    I find this blog very informative, the range of knowledge of the contributors and the topics discussed are superb.
    I consider being moderated as a compliment.
    It usually means I was close enough to warrant some concern.
    **
    My prediction:
    SJR will easily get back to Parliament and will hopefully keep banging the drum for actual Brexit, not the surrender agreement offered.
    *
    SJR seems to understand exactly what the EU end game is, and it is not pretty. EU is a perfect example of Totalitarian Tip Toe, slowly boiling the frog.

    Tooley Stu

    • Lifelogic
      Posted October 31, 2019 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

      Exactly.

  48. Diane
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Sir John, Thanks you for this update. I sincerely wish you success in the election. For you not be in the HOC would be a great loss. I am relatively new to your daily articles compared to some other commenters no doubt but have valued them greatly over the last few months & they have helped me reassure myself I did make the correct decision in the Referendum. The current WA still leaves me anxious however and already I’m reading what can only be interpreted as veiled threats from the EU in the press regarding any future trade deal and their intention to hit back on any actions the UK might take to compete – i.e. if our government chose to do what was best for our country…. Appalling. I truly hope we are able to exit in a meaningful way.

  49. Sharon Jagger
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    I’ve only had time this morning to read one article. It was the article written by Ian Duncan Smith for the Telegraph, and i spent rather more time than I should, reading the comments….

    Oh, boy! I understand that the Telegraph is a Leave newspaper, but apart from, literally a small handful of people, everyone was so scathing and cross with the Conservative Party.

    The Tories have not enamoured themselves at all.

    By missing the deadline despite Boris’ brave words; by trying to bring down the Brexit party and not doing a deal to get a leave majority; by suggesting their manifesto will be on the “Boris May” treaty and not WTO; by stating that the new treaty is “leaving”, when its not; by reinstating some of the remainers who lost the whip…. people are flooding to the Brexit Party in their droves, even from safe Tory seats. People are prepared to take the consequences because of all the Tory lies. People are unhappy that Boris didn’t make any effort to deal with the Benn Act, and didn’t take us out on 31st; people are calling the Tories arrogant.

    As I type, there is a woman on Talk radio expressing the very same views.

    My husband is more cynical than I am, and he believes that the downfall of the Tory party is a price worth paying for us to remain or semi remain, such is the determination of the remainers’’ Deep State operatives, which is why the Tories won’t liaise or work with the Brexit Party. but whether he’s right or wrong, I believe the Tories are STILL putting party first!

    • Stred
      Posted November 1, 2019 at 6:36 am | Permalink

      I had the same thought. The Tories would rather see a Marxist government than let the real Brexit Party win any seats and really break away from the EU.

  50. Ian@Barkham
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Sir John

    Best of luck

    Instinct says it will be bloody, nasty, and not in line with hopes and expectations of anyone

    I am reminded of Trump winning, my thought at the time it wasn’t that he was going to be any good – but he wasn’t the establishment. Here our system of Government/Democracy is in taters, brought to its knees by all sides of the establishment.

    The only ones that think differently are those living in the Westminster bubble.

    In the meantime the ‘Momentum Group’ gets to raise 100K over night in its campaign to target and get rid of those that are not of their liking. It is not election campaign money as they are not a political party – go figure!

  51. Peter
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Archiving biographies etc seems a bit over the top. The world and his wife are aware there is a general election in December.

    Mr. Johnson would be well advised to seek an accommodation with the Brexit Party rather than trust polls that claim he is doing well and does not need their support. May is not forgotten nor forgiven.

    • jane4brexit
      Posted November 1, 2019 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

      I have seen comments on other sites saying many polls do not include TBP and it can only be chosen by ticking ‘other’, meaning it is far less likely to be chosen. I hope Boris realises this when he thinks that polls are going his way and I suggest he makes both here and The Conservative Woman daily reading…

      Good luck and all the best in your constituency Sir John.

  52. Elli Ron
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    Sir Redwood,
    I hope you will be reelected, you are one of the very best MP’s and had (and will have) valuable contribution to our parliament.

    • Lifelogic
      Posted October 31, 2019 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

      Indeed and he will be. Hopefully his talent and working compass will actually be used for a change.

  53. George Brooks
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    I would love to know why my 0813hrs entry has dropped off the moderation list?

    • Posted October 31, 2019 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

      Because it’s not all about you! Many of us have our comments ‘dropped’ – it’s Sir J’s blog, after all, and he can include whatever he wishes. We should consider ourselves lucky if we’re ‘chosen’ and not whinge when we’re not.
      Note – your ‘whinge’ was chosen! Bet you wish it hadn’t been!

  54. roger
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    All the best in getting re-elected, Sir John.

  55. Lear’s Fool
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    Love your strict legal compliance, nuncle!

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