Happy Christmas

By tradition I just wish everyone Happy Christmas and take the day off. As this year Christmas is going to be different I am also providing something to think about if you are in need of it, given that many people will not be partying with friends and family as normal.

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  1. Nivek
    Posted December 25, 2020 at 5:04 am | Permalink

    Gaudete, gaudete
    Christus est natus ex Maria virgine,

  2. Peter Wood
    Posted December 25, 2020 at 5:25 am | Permalink


    ps. don’t start reading the Trade Deal till tomorrow, it might upset your goodwill and happy disposition.

    • Hope
      Posted December 25, 2020 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

      UK has become EU fishing colony, or vassalage as Johnson would call it. He panicked and surrendered, again!

  3. Mark B
    Posted December 25, 2020 at 5:36 am | Permalink

    Good morning and Merry Christmas to, Sir John, his family and staff, and everyone on his Diary.

  4. David_Kent
    Posted December 25, 2020 at 6:04 am | Permalink

    Merry Christmas everybody.

  5. Tabulazero
    Posted December 25, 2020 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    Merry Christmas, Sir John …

    … and what a wonderful deal for the EU. We can all be friends again.

    • Fred H
      Posted December 25, 2020 at 8:38 am | Permalink

      no chance – our drawbridge is being drawn up!

      • Tabulazero
        Posted December 26, 2020 at 6:28 am | Permalink

        That’s why the Channel is so useful

  6. Fedupsoutherner
    Posted December 25, 2020 at 6:32 am | Permalink

    A very happy Christmas to you too John. I’ve so enjoyed your diary this past year. I’ve learnt such a lot. Brilliant.

  7. DOM
    Posted December 25, 2020 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    Merry Xmas and thanks for your efforts during the year

    Most who post on here appear to share a contempt for the form of politics that both main parties have now embraced. We can see with our own eyes that both main parties have embraced a politics designed to impose control over all things and to force societal change through direct intervention in all areas of life using oppressive laws, television and other forms of technology

    We’re not idiots. We can see it. We can hear it. We can feel it

    It is not your politics. Your job is to oppose it not embrace it for an easy political life or embrace it in some pathetic attempt to remodel your party in the eyes of the London-centric lefty ruling class that now control the police, the law, the media, the narrative and other forms of cultural output like education, tv advertising and dramas

    It is suffocating. We cannot escape from it. it is Orwellian. It is an attempt to warp who we are, to erase our identity and to make us feel spiritually weak that we forget even ourselves

    • Christine
      Posted December 25, 2020 at 9:51 am | Permalink

      The Brexit battle is over but The Great Reset battle has just begun. We need to fight to ensure future generations have the same freedom of expression and speech that we grew up with. Democracy is a precious thing to be treasured, it can so easily be lost if people are complacent.

      • NickC
        Posted December 25, 2020 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

        Christine, Sorry but the Brexit battle is not over. Not only is Boris’s deal not Leave, it won’t last either. Only WTO is Leave since the EU cannot restrain its lust for power under any other arrangement.

        • Christine
          Posted December 25, 2020 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

          I wish that were true but we all know this deal, however bad, will be approved by parliament. Unfortunately, until we have a new party in power there’s nothing we can do about it.

  8. DaveM
    Posted December 25, 2020 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    I haven’t commented here much this year but I read the blog every day so thanks to Mr R for his commentary.

    Merry Christmas to all the people who turn up here regularly (on both sides of the argument) and I hope we can all look forward to a better 2021.

  9. ukretired123
    Posted December 25, 2020 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    Thank you very much for all your work Sir John.
    You deserve at least Christmas Day off.
    Merry Christmas is the least we can say to you and wish everyone too!

  10. cornishstu
    Posted December 25, 2020 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    Merry Christmas to one and all.

  11. Peter VAN LEEUWEN
    Posted December 25, 2020 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Merry Christmas.
    A time for us to not to think too badly about our opponents.

    • Fred H
      Posted December 25, 2020 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

      explain that to the French!

  12. RichardP
    Posted December 25, 2020 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    Happy Christmas Sir John.
    Thank you for all the hard work you put into this diary.

  13. Julian
    Posted December 25, 2020 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    MerryChristmas to you and many thanks for all you efforts this year to make this place a better and more prosperous place.

  14. William Long
    Posted December 25, 2020 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    A very happy Christmas to you, Sir John, and many thanks for doing so much to inform us and keep our minds working! Let’s hope that 2021 is less traumatic than the year coming to its close.

    • Richard1
      Posted December 25, 2020 at 1:30 pm | Permalink


  15. Ed M
    Posted December 25, 2020 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Merry Xmas, Sir John

  16. Trav Yorkshire
    Posted December 25, 2020 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Season’s Greetings to one of the best MP’s ever. Commonsense first class. A massive thanks for your support to Brexiteers and for forthcoming support to ensure nothing is steered in a wrong direction. Can’t wait to read your comments re the fishing deal – 10 years seems a long time for our total control (4 1/2 we’ve waited + the next 5 1/2 years). Also would like you to push for a new law rapidly to free us of all the illegals who have come to our country this year. Thankyou again!

  17. NickC
    Posted December 25, 2020 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    PvL, Opponents? More like enemies now. We won’t forget the insults, the double dealing, and the bad faith, from the EU, its politicians, and the Remains in this country.

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