Happy Christmas

I’m taking the day off. Feel free to write in if you wish.

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  1. agricola
    Posted December 25, 2019 at 6:37 am | Permalink

    Have an enjoyable day.

  2. Cheshire Girl
    Posted December 25, 2019 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    And very well deserved!

    Happy Christmas to you and your family.

    Diana.

  3. Mark B
    Posted December 25, 2019 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    Good morning.

    I would just like to thank and wish a Merry Christmas our kind host and all here.

    Mark B

    🙂

  4. Lifelogic
    Posted December 25, 2019 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    Skiing today, loads of snow here contrary to all the predictions of the climate alarmist soothsayers. Will 2020 be the years people finally get real and the climate realists are finally believed.

    The real climate tragedy is the vast wast of money on reducing CO2 output by trivial and irrelevant sums encouraged by this hugely exaggerated religion, damaging the economy hugely when this money could be spent millions of times more efficiently saving people’s lives now. In ways such as are suggested in the excellent book “Cool It”.

    • Lifelogic
      Posted December 25, 2019 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

      ‘Small steps taken in faith and in hope can overcome …deep-seated divisions to bring understanding’ says the Queen. Who writes these silly platitudes and total guff for her? Almost as bad as the crass drivel on radio 4 nearly every day “Thought for the day”

      Faith is the main cause of deep-seated divisions. Indoctrination of young children into irrational believe systems like climate alarmism or many of the established and not so established faiths is surely the main problem certainly not the solution. It have been throughout history. Alas teaching lies (the fashionable climate alarmist religion and indeed the other regions and other PC drivel) to young impressionable children seems to be demanded of all schools by the state.

      Surely teaching lies is not education it is more a form of child abuse. Why am I paying taxes for this abuse thus increase cleavages within society and pushing the climate alarmism religion that is doing such damage?

      People like St Greta are the product of these lies.

      I prefer steps (small or large) taken in reason, understanding and with an understanding of logic, history, science, economics and the laws of physics please.

      • Cheshire Girl
        Posted December 26, 2019 at 7:46 am | Permalink

        Religion is often blamed for all the ills in the world. I don’t believe it is the cause of any of them.

        People have free will, to do good or evil as they choose. Its up to them. Its always easy to blame something else for your actions, but in my opinion its as easy to good, as it is to do evil. we will all have to answer for our actions one day. No one is perfect, but in the end, how we behave is our responsibility.

        • Fred H
          Posted December 26, 2019 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

          Cheshire girl – – so a female born in China, India, much of the Arabic area, and indeed certain countries in Africa where primitive barbaric mutilation is normal is not as a result of religion? Exerting free-will will sort all that out?
          These females could change the impact on their lives by choosing to behave responsibly?
          A rather narrow view on the conditions they are born into.

  5. turboterrier
    Posted December 25, 2019 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    A well deserved one Sir John.
    Thank you for all your efforts and the dedication you have shown in getting the country out of the EU.
    May you have a fantastic day with all your family and friends

  6. Lifelogic
    Posted December 25, 2019 at 7:31 am | Permalink

    Interesting interview on Dellingpod with the sensible Princeton physicist William Happer on climate change. He says Trump understands reality and is a realist, but is discouraged from acting more than he has on this great scam, by other forces in government and within his party.

  7. Brian Tomkinson
    Posted December 25, 2019 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    Merry Christmas and enjoy a well-deserved day off with your family.

  8. Nicholas Wood
    Posted December 25, 2019 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    Merry Christmas.

  9. Mike Stallard
    Posted December 25, 2019 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    A very Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  10. ChrisS
    Posted December 25, 2019 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    As 2019 draws to a close we have much to be grateful for and, thanks to Boris and the entire team that won us the election, even more to look forward to.

    We are holding a party on 31st January. Remainers and Brexiteers are both equally welcome, Whether the former come along we will see. I hope they do come. We were well advanced in the planning of one to be held on 31st October and had to change it into just a Halloween party instead.

    Wishing our kind host and all the regulars here a very happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.

  11. Denis Cooper
    Posted December 25, 2019 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    I read that the Queen will stress the need for reconciliation, and most of us will be willing to go along with that, but I honestly cannot see any prospect of a comprehensive national reconciliation when there this small disaffected minority who are “irreconcilables” and who will therefore continue to work in every way they can to further the interests of the proto-federal European Union which they love above their own country.

    To recall how these vile people have always liked to operate, by guile and deceit:

    http://johnredwoodsdiary.com/2013/02/02/a-pretend-parliament/#comment-162021

    “How should it be done? Toynbee said “I will merely repeat that we are at present working discreetly but with all our might, to wrest this mysterious political force called sovereignty out of the clutches of the local national states of the world. And all the time we are denying with our lips what we are doing with our hands … “

  12. Julian
    Posted December 25, 2019 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    Merry Christmas!
    Thank you for bringing some sanity to the political debate in 2019.

  13. George Dunnett
    Posted December 25, 2019 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Many thanks for all your wonderfully enlightening post this year. There have been some very depressing times and you have given the believers in Britain hope that all is not lost.

    The non-believers have been given a very painful chastisement by the Great British public and it does seem we have now turned a corner. The next decade is going to be awesome!!

  14. Lifelogic
    Posted December 25, 2019 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    I fear Peter Hitchins is probably right:-

    PETER HITCHENS: A ‘Tory’ victory? Pity the Conservatives are now the main Left-wing party in the country.

    Let us hope BORIS can break free of the Blairite agenda. As Hitchins says his acceptance speach did not inspire confidence. On the NHS, on climate change, on the size of government, on tax levels, on energy or on red tape . Still we will find out soon, sounding like a lefty dope is not too bad if he does sensible smaller government things. Far better than sounding right wing but then acting big state socialist.

  15. Dave Andrews
    Posted December 25, 2019 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    Wishing you and the commentators on this site a Merry Christmas.

    Dave.

  16. Ian Wragg
    Posted December 25, 2019 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    Enjoy the day.
    After the New Year the real battle begins.
    We must remain vigilant

  17. IanT
    Posted December 25, 2019 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    Well Deserved Sir John!

    Merry Christmas!

  18. Oliver David Louis Foster
    Posted December 25, 2019 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Hello John. I just wanted to thank you for all the hard work you put in to the blog , I read it as a priority every day and it is a daily joy for me. I appreciate the selfless time you put in to inform all of us about the daily economic and financial news. Thank you , Oliver.

  19. christopher hook
    Posted December 25, 2019 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    Christmas day?…. day off?

  20. Mark Antony
    Posted December 25, 2019 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Merry Christmas John Redwood, thank you for all your work for Brexit.

  21. Mary McDougall
    Posted December 25, 2019 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    A Very Happy Christmas to You and Yours

  22. mancunius
    Posted December 25, 2019 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    A very happy Christmas to you and yours, Sir John, and with many heartfelt thanks to you – and to your colleagues – for having seen us with such resolution and patience through such a testing time.
    It is not quite over yet, of course, until the end of 2020. Personally I do not think we should currently pursue or even request a ‘Free Trade Agreement’ with the EU, which does not have the slightest understanding of the word ‘Free’. WTO terms with a few MRAs in place would suit me fine. Clients in Paris, Berlin, Lisbon, Madrid, Rome and Athens are certainly not going to agree to restrict their business and profits merely to please some sclerotic ideologue in an office at the Berlaymont.
    And no, I do not agree to giving up our sovereign fishing rights in order to get some vague promise to enact a reciprocal services market, as some have suggested. To quote Nancy Reagan: ‘Just Say No!’

  23. Adult (Remainer)
    Posted December 26, 2019 at 1:36 am | Permalink

    My dog is sulking b/c Father Christmas didn’t bring him any flashing reindeer horns. He’s a pest, keeps trying to steal mine

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