Letter to Business Secretary

Dear Kemi

The UK government rightly wants to grow the economy and cut inflation. As Business Minister there are crucial changes you could make to help both aims.

The proposed ban on new petrol and diesel cars will destroy our car making capacity prematurely without replacing it by as much electric car output. Only the UK is proposing such an early write off and closure of so many factories with loss of jobs. Businesses are going to put their remaining petrol and diesel capacity elsewhere. From 2030 UK buyers will import nearly new petrol and diesel cars instead of buying UK ones. Lift the ban to rescue the car industry.

The UK is losing capacity in energy intensive industries like steel, ceramics, glass, fertilisers and much else thanks to having the  highest carbon taxes in the world. These drive up prices and progressively close factories. Suspend the emissions trading and carbon tax regime. You can then save the big subsidies you are forced to offer as partial offsets. This action will save a lot of UK jobs and boost other tax revenue.

As the leader of Ministerial efforts to cut out needless regulation, bring forward the repeal of EU laws laying down product specifications. Keep a strong safety law and allow all goods of merchandisable  quality to be offered for sale. This will boost innovation and competition.

Co operate with the Energy department in expanding UK supplies of cheap reliable energy. You cannot have a successful industrial strategy with dear power, unreliable  power and import dependence.

The EU with an overzealous net zero policy has  hit  our industry hard whilst boosting world CO 2 by relying too much on imports with extra CO 2 in manufacture and transport. Please back made in the UK, and change these damaging policies.

Yours sincerely

John Redwood

 

 

155 Comments

  1. Mark B
    June 26, 2023

    Good morning.

    Keep up the good work, Sir John.

    1. Peter Wood
      June 26, 2023

      Why can’t the minister work out these, and other, strategies for himself? It’s 100% common sense!

      1. Peter Wood
        June 26, 2023

        Sorry not Himself, Herself, …..or thereself?

        1. Bloke
          June 26, 2023

          Maybe he or she is a Minister named miKe who is muddled.

    2. Ashley
      June 26, 2023

      Good work indeed but the party is surely done for next year. No one in government is listening – perhaps even 3+ terms of a Labour/SNP/LibDim disaster awaits the nation. An 80 seat majority totally wasted by the tax, borrow, print and tip down the drain Consocialists.

      I too, like the excellent Nigel Farage video, despise what the “Conservatives” have done to Britain.

      1. Shirley+M
        June 26, 2023

        + many, Ashley. You have to search to find ‘English’ areas of England.

      2. Michelle
        June 26, 2023

        An 80 seat majority, almost wiped out. That is astounding isn’t it?
        I never trusted Johnson an inch and didn’t vote for the party even though the prospect of Corbyn loomed.
        I thought from Cameron onward we had in effect kept in Blair anyway, on many issues. Conservatives (it’s just a brand name now) made no attempt to roll back many of Labours hated policies. Not least their mass immigration policy, which has seen Labour in the wilderness.
        An 80 seat majority and the Red Wall came a-tumbling down, which I thought was some kind of miracle, a revolution.
        You don’t lose by accident all that support, you just don’t.
        It can lead to only one conclusion for me and that is the path we are being forced down, was set a long time ago by people with no right to do so, and it’s a path leading to our total destruction as a distinct nation and people. It’s a reset, a rebuild to bring about whatever it is some think will be better. May they spend an eternity regretting it, and the power and money they make burn their souls.

      3. Cuibono
        June 26, 2023

        If I were PM I think I might just look at the polls before imposing this household green levy thing on every household ( if I have understood reports correctly).
        It all sounds very Poll Taxy if you ask me!
        Not a great way of increasing popularity.

        1. Cuibono
          June 26, 2023

          Yes, actually, if the reports are true…
          why on earth should people who do not believe all the climate rubbish pay at all. Let alone the same as the true believers.
          Carboniferous period was pretty hot…no men around with coal or gas then. Allegedly fossil fuel was being made at that time by dinosaur compression (🤭).

          1. glen cullen
            June 26, 2023

            Only 50% of scientists believe the UN IPCC report, but 100% of governments adopt the UN IPCC report ….is it perhaps because they like the outcome i.e power & control

        2. a-tracy
          June 26, 2023

          Don’t you think Rishi is there to manage the Conservatives’ decline? It’s no skin off his nose, he is now at the top table for life, just like all the crud from yesteryear wearing their pomp at the latest pageant, it doesn’t matter if they fail. MPs probably stand down from so-called Tory safe seats because they don’t want to waste their best productive working years on the opposition back benches, and they know the gig is up.

          I read the lefties, they want pensioners with over £30k pa private pension to lose their state pension through means testing. Other than state workers (whose pensions and early retirements they want to protect), they want to steal more of the private sector pension funds and savings for their retirement. It started with a green waste bin extra charge if you have a garden, townies want garden taxes. With an increased corporation tax + increased taxes on dividends, don’t bother investing just spend it (the problem they’ve got is it can only be spent once!)

          These unions have big pots of pension savings and investments; how many housing estates do they build? These council workers same how many housing estates do they build? Where are their investments to maintain their defined benefit pensions?

          1. Cuibono
            June 26, 2023

            +++
            Yes I do think that. As you say, no skin off his nose. Is he even interested?
            It’s all very dire!

      4. glen cullen
        June 26, 2023

        + many

        1. Mickey Taking
          June 26, 2023

          glen – Governments are much more gullible, always thought you knew that, haha.

          1. glen cullen
            June 26, 2023

            Ar yes ….I too have been known to be gullible on occasion

      5. glen cullen
        June 26, 2023

        Excellent video 2 sept 2022

      6. Lifelogic
        June 26, 2023

        Sunak – despite the pain, there was no other option: ‘I want people to be reassured that we’ve got to hold our nerve, stick to the plan and we will get through this.’

        We? Yes perhaps but only without your house or your business!

        No other options he says – Well we did not need to have all your vast government waste, vast tax increases, the lockdown & Covid loans and furlough, HS2, the worthless degrees, the PPE fraud, net zero rip off energy, your eat out to help out lunacy, the counter productive (net harm) vaccines (& certainly for people under 60), the PPE scams, the failure to cut back the state or to deregulate, the botched Brexit, your mad QE currency debasing, the schools lockdowns or you retention of Andrew Bailey – did we Sunak? Lots of other option but you got it all wrong.

    3. Timaction
      June 26, 2023

      Sir John is talking to the wall. Kemi portrayed herself as a right of centre Brexiteer…………………..until she gained office. I’m afraid the Tory’s have had 13 years and we are where we are as it is THEIR policies. Mass legal and illegal immigration, net zero religion, woke policies in school, highest taxation, encouraging welfare in all its forms. Refusal to cut the state or remove wokism from all our health, education and public services. Pro EU regulation and refusal to remove it. Windsor agreement and Withdrawal agreement all in favour of EU even before we continue to give away our fish for NO REASON.
      There’s only one way to get change and that’s voting for REFORM! Its madness to keep voting for the same old tired parties and expecting them to change. The Westminster bubblers are out of touch and not representing English taxpayers and haven’t for a long time.

      1. Shirley+M
        June 26, 2023

        +1 Timaction

      2. Donna
        June 26, 2023

        + 1

      3. Sharon
        June 26, 2023

        Talking of immigration. I was talking to a lovely Hong Konger recently. He’s a business man whose business in Hong Kong is losing money but he can’t sell it either. Anyway, he knows of about 100 other business people who are selling up in Hong Kong and plan to move here, specifically to my borough. I asked where they’d all live. He said they would be buying up the million pound houses… because the schools are very good here.

        He’s a lovely bloke, but I really don’t want another hundred, plus their families moving in to the borough! We’ve already got a lot of Ukrainians in our borough which again, in my experience, are lovely people, but where to put everyone?

      4. Ashley
        June 26, 2023

        I agree, but reform will do well to win a single seat in FPTP voting as too many always have always will vote X or Y voters who vote for the brand try competing with Coke even Virgin failed.

        The sensible Tory MPs and members must recapture the Tory Party from the mad, global, net zero, tax to death, woke, lying Consocialists.

      5. Lemming
        June 26, 2023

        You are right, Kemi portrayed herself as a right of centre Brexiteer – until she gained office. Since then she has delivered NOTHING that was promised by the Leave campaign in 2016. Look closely – exactly the same is true of David Frost, David Davis, Jacob Rees Mogg, Michael Gove and most of all Boris Johnson. All Brexiters, all Ministers asked to deliver on Brexit, all did no such thing, all failures. Ask yourself why. Are they all secret Remainers? Or was everything promised for Brexit a fantasy and a deception?

  2. Mickey Taking
    June 26, 2023

    OFF TOPIC.
    The Kings Fund found:
    -Only the US had a worse record in terms of preventing death from treatable conditions
    -The UK had one of the lowest levels of life expectancy – although the study acknowledged this would be affected by many factors, aside from the quality of NHS care.
    -The NHS has strikingly low levels of key clinical staff, with fewer doctors and nurses per head than most of its peers
    – As well as one of the lowest number of hospital beds per capita
    -The UK has less equipment relative to its population size: the US has five times as many scanners, for example, and Germany four times
    But the think tank also found the UK had low levels of people avoiding medical care due to cost fears – just one in 10 of those questioned maintain there are major difficulties accessing NHS treatment.
    A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said:
    “There are record numbers of staff working in the NHS with over 53,600 more people compared to a year ago – including over 5,400 more doctors and over 12,900 more nurses. We will publish a workforce plan shortly to ensure we have the right numbers of staff, with the right skills to continue cutting waiting lists and delivering high quality services.”

    1. Mickey Taking
      June 26, 2023

      why held back?

      1. Mickey Taking
        June 26, 2023

        ???

  3. Lifelogic
    June 26, 2023

    Exactly right so basically Rishi needs to do a U turn on almost every policy he & the fake Tories have been pushing. He tells us to “keep our nerve” how exactly does that help people who cannot pay interest on their mortgages due to his QE, Net Zero lunacy, tax, print, borrow and waste agenda and his lockdown & wasteful incompetence while Chancellor?

    1. Timaction
      June 26, 2023

      ………………..”keep our nerve” doesn’t pay the mortgage or bills for our young people. It does keep paying for the 4* hotels, food, and pocket money for the invaders who they refuse to deport or send back to France. Can you imagine France tolerating our letting thousands of illegals to leave our shores and invade their Country? Enough of our weak politicians. Lets start to ban French goods and trade until they sort it out or receive their illegals back.

  4. Lifelogic
    June 26, 2023

    Junior doctors in England are set to be offered an extra payment of around £1,000 plus 6% salary increase I see in the Telegraph. A close relative of mine starts work for the NHS as a junior doctor in West London next month. After tax/NI/pension contributions, professional body fees, £10,000 interest on his student loans, rent on a small room in a shared flat, commuting costs, council tax, utility bills… he has minus £14 a day left for food and other living costs. If he get this 6% plus £1,000 it will leave him with about minus £10 a day for food and other living costs. Can Steve Barclay not do simple sums? Even if they gave them the 35% they ask for he would only have £5 a day left for food and all other living costs.

    Meanwhile two others his age in the flat with less than half the student debts (as three year degrees, economics and law not six) are on circa £105,000 in law and banking jobs.

    Does Barclay really expect NHS doctors to work long hours in very stressful jobs and end each year with larger debts than they started off with? Yet in the Lords they get £342 a day (tax free) just for popping in for a subsidised lunch. Still we are all in it together as they like to say.

    1. Michelle
      June 26, 2023

      Well, it’s quite a good way to deter people entering the medical profession.
      So what happens then? Oh yes ‘we need more immigration to cover the shortages’.

    2. Narrow Shoulders
      June 26, 2023

      To pay £10,000 student loan they would have to be earning £137K. Incurring interest is not the same as cashflow affecting monthly income.

      The problem for junior doctors is not that they are paid too little it is that housing costs are too great in this country. Supply, demand and money printing.

      1. graham1946
        June 26, 2023

        If it’s supply and demand then the doctors are due their money – we have a shortage. No such shortage of MP’s who start on 87 grand plus expenses for no knowledge at all. Barclay is worse than Hunt was and that is saying something. Perhaps he’d like to live on a junior doctor first year wage? No, didn’t think so.

      2. a-tracy
        June 26, 2023

        LL always says this, NS, even though he has been corrected many times. It is a 9% graduate tax, not a £10,000k pa bill no different than any other English student; the interest is set high to make sure they pay the 9% graduate tax for 30 years and don’t pay it off as too many successful grads did after ten years. It annoys me that Scottish/Welsh and Irish kids don’t pay it within the same so-called Union only the English, thanks to Blair and the heavily Scottish weighted labour cabinet, not remedied by Osborne.

        The doctor doesn’t have to do their training FY in London if the London premium isn’t considered high enough, that salary would go much further in other Cities and regions in the UK, and there are other areas like Cambridge/Oxford etc. where that salary should be weighted but national pay bargaining is causing this pain. Everything is looked at through the prism of London.

        He doesn’t mention the London weighting that all key workers get even if they don’t live near the hospital but in outer London. £4k 1.8.22. https://www.ucl.ac.uk/human-resources/policies-advice/clinical-staff/clinical-staff-salary-scales/junior-doctors-pay-scale.

        Perhaps they should have FY1 and FY2 combined avg £33,600 pa with an annual increment and do away with the 14% uplift between 1 and 2 and make that smaller to pay more in year 1. Six weeks paid study leave, no obligation to pay back for training should they leave the country. They want £40,500 to start their FY1 training. The whole thing is going to crash soon, Barclay better come up with something because this country can’t afford another five days of cancelled ops and care.

      3. Lifelogic
        June 26, 2023

        Correct, but they still work in a hard, stressful job with long hours and end up with more debt at the end of the years than at the beginning unless they can live with parents free or in a tent or van or do not heat or eat! The increasing student loan also restricts them getting a large enough mortgage to buy anything.

        1. a-tracy
          June 26, 2023

          Lifelogic, weren’t there hours cut with the WTD? Do they earn overtime over 40 hours at the hospital or not?

          There are hospitals all over the Country, most graduates have to house share if they move to the capital after taking a degree, one of mine shared a house with five others, one living in what as the dining room another in the attic.

          I actually do think that the years over year 4 should be repaid by the organisation they go to work for unless they leave medicine or the country.

    3. Narrow Shoulders
      June 26, 2023

      These bankers will be paying more in Student loan repayments than the junior doctors.

      Student loans are wrong but those campaigning against them need to get their facts straight to argue the case.

      1. graham1946
        June 26, 2023

        Well, fancy that, bankers on 105 grand pay more loan repayments than first year junior doctors. Who’d a thunk it?

      2. a-tracy
        June 26, 2023

        NS, I know bankers, and they aren’t all on that much without working over 70 hours per week. Look at the bank’s graduate programs for the current first-year training gross. Could the junior doctor work 70 hours and get the overtime for it or not?

      3. Lifelogic
        June 26, 2023

        What you pay is one thing but the debt is still there and increasing. A three year degree needs perhaps £75 of debt but a six year medical one more like £150k so interest is double and is paid of more slowly so yer more still.

        1. Lifelogic
          June 26, 2023

          The doctors pay more as the debt is usually double and they take far longer to repay as earning less, Perhaps as much as four times in the end.

        2. a-tracy
          June 27, 2023

          Lifelogic, do they ever earn enough to pay it off by your logic? Do they pay 9% for the undergrad part and 6% for the extended loan or not? Do they get reimbursed, bursary, and scholarships for the year 5,6 extension or not?

          If the banker earns more than double as you claim [“are on circa £105,000”, then that person will be paying 9% on every p over £22,015 a year plan 1 or £27,295 pa.

          Plan 1 grad tax – £7468.65 (they don’t have as much interest applied and can repay)
          Plan 2 grad tax – £6993.45 (these English students aren’t expected to repay within 30 years)

          You say your FY1 doctor will be earning £29,500.
          Plan 2 tax – £198.45 and a year wiped off their repayment for 30 years.

          The English-only Graduate tax is wrong but it is wrong for ALL or none. The fact we English just allow the Scots, Welsh and Irish to get away with this is infuriating.

      4. Ashley
        June 26, 2023

        Rubbish the Doctor’s loans are double and are repaid far more slowly so perhaps four times the interest in the end!

        1. a-tracy
          June 26, 2023

          How much does the doctor get charged for each of their 4, 5 and 6th year? What is the rate of repayment an extra 6% for the extra 3 years? The debt gets cancelled out after 30 years the same as other degrees. I have a child that did five years at degree level. I thought I read that year 6 was FY1?

          Perhaps this 6% part of the years over 4 should be covered by the NHS whilst working for the NHS but not if they leave the UK or don’t follow a medical career after all the training.

        2. a-tracy
          June 26, 2023

          You can apply for an NHS bursary from your 5th year on the 5 or 6 year undergraduate course or from your 2nd year on the 4 year accelerated graduate course.

          It is possible to get a fully funded scholarship to study medicine in the UK. Imperial College London and the University of Central Lancashire are two medical schools that award full scholarships to eligible students every year.23 Feb 2023

          https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/2023-01/NHS%20Bursary%20Funding%20for%20Medical%20and%20Dental%20Students%202022-23%20%28V5%29%2012.2022.pdf

    4. Shirley+M
      June 26, 2023

      I agree that newly qualified doctors are paid too little,, however, some junior doctors CHOOSE to stay as junior doctors. I do not know whether they are not good enough to rise through the ranks, or whether the pay improves after a couple of years.

      I agree newly qualified barristers get more than newly qualified doctors, but I know a lady who qualified for the bar but chose to work at a bingo hall. I never discovered why.

      Doctors benefit from a job for life, huge pensions, and flexible working. I recently discovered that hospice nurses are given a choice of fulltime 3, 4, or 5 days working of various lengths to suit their lifestyle. As an ex-business owner I am ashamed my first thought was ‘ Thank goodness I don’t have to work out the rosters’. but I could then see why some days were understaffed, and other days were overstaffed.

      1. a-tracy
        June 26, 2023

        Shirley, I was told all doctors are called Junior until they become consultants. I was also told it takes longer for British doctors to train than those in other countries.

    5. Cuibono
      June 26, 2023

      Maybe…just maybe they don’t want us to have doctors?
      Has anything we have seen in the past 30 years or so convinced us otherwise?
      Especially during the total closure of our paid for “health service”??
      See how they are controlling our access even to medicines previously bought in a chemists shop without an inquest. All the rubbish about “addiction” ( like they care??) and “resistance”(rot).
      For our own good?
      All they are after is TOTAL RESOURCE CONTROL.
      They are not good shepherds.
      They are the wolves.

      1. glen cullen
        June 26, 2023

        The bean counters at No10 have determined that its cheaper to import EVERYTHING

        1. Cuibono
          June 26, 2023

          +++
          Have you done your update yet today?
          Mahyar Tousi reckons that the govt. has upped the estimated cost per day from £6m to..
          £30m!!
          Can that be true?

    6. formula57
      June 26, 2023

      Barclay has no budget available perhaps but he could nominate all junior doctors, at least those in London and so near enough, for House of Lords membership. We might even see an improvement in legislation as a result.

      Surely the NHS could assume responsibility for the student debt in return for doctors signing up to work for it for say five years or more?

      1. a-tracy
        June 26, 2023

        I’m more interested in how UK student loans board gets the 9% graduate tax from those high earners in Australia and NZ we keep being told about.

    7. JoolsB
      June 26, 2023

      Spot on Lifelogic. My Junior Doctor son after 6 years at Cambridge and two years working in a busy London hospital working unbelievably unsociable long hours for little reward is leaving the profession as he cannot afford to carry on living in London otherwise. Sadly many of his peers are doing likewise. Morale is very low and this Governments attitude towards them is making them feel even more undervalued than they do already.

      Did some research yesterday, MPs have received a 42.7% salary increase since 2008, Junior Doctors have seen a cut of 25%. That’s on top of MPs having a plush London apartment paid for by the taxpayer with council tax and heating thrown in whereas Junior Doctors even have to fork out for their own stethoscopes. Apparently our greedy MPs also get an extra £9,000 a year ‘allowance’ for each child to help with London living costs. I know where I would rather see my taxes go and it isn’t into to a bunch of self serving, mostly useless MPs.

      Reply Your pay figures are wrong, confusing real terms and cash. MPs do not get a plush London apartment as their main home. They get expenses to stay in London where their home is in the constituency. Some rent a bedsit or small one bed, some stay in a hotel on qualifying nights. I bought my own flat.

  5. Lifelogic
    June 26, 2023

    So Mark Carney (another over paid dope, pusher of QE (currency debasement) and the net zero lunacy blames Brexit for inflation. The blame lies mainly entirely with you, Andrew Bailey, Sunak and the BoE mate. Brexit has almost nothing to do with it and we do not even have a real & sensible Brexit yet anyway – thanks to remoaners like himself. Carney read PPE Oxon needless to say.

    1. Peter
      June 26, 2023

      Lifelogic,

      Three in a row. A PPE reference and Ashley before you says ‘tip down the drain’.

      1. Lifelogic
        June 26, 2023

        Tip not piss!

        1. Peter
          June 26, 2023

          LL,

          Yes, a bowdlerised version of your catch phrase.

          He also echoes your view about doctors paying ‘four times’ the interest.

    2. LenKaye
      June 26, 2023

      So Brexit’s not to blame. And Brexit hasn’t happened. Logic isn’t you Brexiters’s strong point is it?

      1. Shirley+M
        June 26, 2023

        It’s perfectly good logic. If Brexit hasn’t happened, then Brexit cannot possibly be to blame.

        1. Mickey Taking
          June 26, 2023

          Brexit in name only.

      2. Lynn Atkinson
        June 26, 2023

        We are out but are not asserting our independence in the interest of the British people. We are however, still doing a whole lot better than the EU, which is in its death throes.
        You Remainers are not what you would call ‘intellectually agile’ are you?

      3. Lifelogic
        June 26, 2023

        I said “Brexit has ‘almost’ nothing to do with it and we do not even have a ‘real & sensible’ Brexit yet anyway. So nothing wrong with the logic at all!

        1. Lynn Atkinson
          June 26, 2023

          France and Germany have announced that they want the EU veto to be ended this year. That is an enormous power grab.
          We might not yet be free, but we are no longer shackled.
          Miller incorrectly denied that 70% supported Brexit in a nationwide poll.
          Bet it’s more once they read the headlines.

      4. Dave Andrews
        June 26, 2023

        Brexit almost nothing to do with it he said, not Brexit’s not to blame.
        1% Brexit, 99% bad government would be about my assessment.

    3. graham1946
      June 26, 2023

      Rishi acts like he has just come into government rather than been in charge of the finances for the last 3 years. It’s mostly his and before him Osborne’s fault that we are where we are with public services. You can’t keep expecting people to work everyday and get poorer. Now it seems they are ignoring the wage review councils. Never happens with MP’s pay does it?

    4. ChrisS
      June 26, 2023

      Absolutely right, LL

  6. DOM
    June 26, 2023

    Dear Kemi

    You’ve sacrificed your principles and this nation down the river for a job in government.

    The Climate change and NZ agenda is Marxism in all but name. Please confirm this through the issuance of a public statement

    Yours

    John Redwood

    1. Lynn Atkinson
      June 26, 2023

      Work for yourself by all means Dom. Kemi simply does not have the wherewithall. Have you thought about that?

  7. Old Albion
    June 26, 2023

    Good try Sir JR.
    You could have just said ‘stop believing the climate change nonsense’

    1. Narrow Shoulders
      June 26, 2023

      following rather than believing I feel. Going along t get along

      1. a-tracy
        June 26, 2023

        The first leader of the opposition has maybe been promised to give Starmer an easy ride right off the bat.

    2. Lifelogic
      June 26, 2023

      But we know that the mad group think (& globalism) of our almost entirely scientifically illiterate MPs means that over 95% of them are either “believers” in this religion or vote for it as they get paid “consultancy” fees, party donations or have vested interest in the green “grant farming” industries. Only a handful did not vote for the Miliband’s moronic Climate Change Act and May’s appalling “Net Zero” was nodded through without even a vote.

      A delay or pause is surely better than nothing!

      1. glen cullen
        June 26, 2023

        ….and lets not forget that the policy of ‘net-zero’ isn’t to satisfy the voting majority of the UK, its to satisfy the minority and the United Nations bodies

        1. Mickey Taking
          June 27, 2023

          Dis United Nations….a big boys Masons?

      2. Lifelogic
        June 26, 2023

        Even the “Science” Minister has a Geography Degree which hardly counts! Look are what the dire Net Zero Theresa May gave us with her Geography degree!

  8. Ashley
    June 26, 2023

    Not just “overzealous” but bonkers, insane, totally deluded, completely irrational, anti-scientific, dangerous, economic and environmental insanity.

    I just listened again to the old Nigel Farage: I despise what the Conservatives have done to Britain video – about the time of the Truss/Sunak election – he was right on every issue.

    1. Cuibono
      June 26, 2023

      +100
      It is all deception and corporate greed.
      Kill cows because of non bl**dy existent methane yet destroy the rainforests for soy bean production using incredible amounts of water.
      When they come for our water it won’t be because there is a global shortage …they will just want it to water their soy bean plants.
      So they can sell the beans back to us as fake cow!

      And apparently in The Netherlands they are putting in place a plan to virtually negate home ownership.

    2. Timaction
      June 26, 2023

      Sir Nigel was and continues to be right in the face of obstructive, anti democratic, unpatriotic legacy party fools.
      Whenever the legacies agree on anything like mass illegal and legal immigration, woke/political correct ideology, high taxation, more welfare, promoting minority issues and banning free speech through so called “equality laws” we know they are wrong. It’s time for more referendums so the people can instruct our stupid class in Westminster on what WE WANT. NOT THEM. WE DO KNOW BETTER. Lets start with the repeal of the Climate Change Act and net stupid. We can’t afford the bills, the manufacturing job losses and tax receipts as a result of these own goals. For what? To export manufacturing, our CO2 footprint, to import it back with more CO2 via dirty diesel powered ships?

  9. Bill B.
    June 26, 2023

    Reply to letter:-

    Dear John

    Sorry, I don’t decide anything on policy.

    Please contact Graham Stuart, Minister for Energy Security and Net Zero. Or better still, Chris Stark, Chief Executive of the Climate Change Committee.

    Best wishes,

    Kemi

    1. Donna
      June 26, 2023

      They don’t decide anything on policy either. Policy is decided by the UN/EU/WEF – all safely immune from what passes for democracy.

      1. Sharon
        June 26, 2023

        Donna – Certainly seems that way!

        Apparently, if Starmer gets in at the next election, Klaus Shwaab’s wannabe successor, one Tony Blair, might return to main stream politics.

      2. Mickey Taking
        June 26, 2023

        does anybody mention the word democracy anymore?

    2. Lifelogic
      June 26, 2023

      “Minister for Energy Security and Net Zero” is surely self contradictory drivel just like “Minister for Women and Equality” or as Ms Cresida Dick put it “We want to recruit the best of the best for the Met and for it to reflect London’s diversity” – mathematically you clearly cannot do both dear! It would be a one in a trillion+ chance if the best of the best just happened to also reflect London’s diversity!

      1. Ian B
        June 26, 2023

        @Lifelogic +1 A bit like some people calling those that have stolen power a Conservative Government and the Conservative Party letting them get away with it. Any one with a conservative nature/view will get the blame for all this failure, and the very concept will get lost in history.

        Didn’t we as taxpayers expect our money would be spent on achieving the best of the best were ever it went? Logic and Common Sense is lacking in those that have high-jacked authority way above above their own mental capacity.

  10. BOF
    June 26, 2023

    Good letter Sir John. It lays out what most of us would regard as the truth. Sadly the new religion of climate change and net zero have different truths, far removed from reality.

    1. Timaction
      June 26, 2023

      ……………………….but it’s their truths………………..

  11. Barrie Emmett
    June 26, 2023

    I just hope that your relentless efforts come to fruition and that you are joined by like minded colleagues. For the thought of a Labour administration is beyond the pale.

  12. Cliff..
    June 26, 2023

    Sir John
    I agree with the points you make in your letter.
    I would also add that, with the world in such a perilous place at this time, it is necessary for us to keep our heavy industries open. I am sure that, as we get sucked further and further in to conflicts as each day passes, so we need facilities such as steelmakers, ship builders not to mention more home grown food. We need our own power and energy so we’re not reliant on another country for it.
    Net zero will leave us as sitting ducks unless we stop the madness now. Net Zero is a dereliction of the first duty of government, namely to protect it’s homelands and it’s people.

  13. Shirley+M
    June 26, 2023

    I agree, Sir J, we need to get rid of EU product specifications, eg. power of vacuum cleaners. The rest of the world may not want low power vacuum cleaners (I don’t!) as it takes the same power in the long run when you vacuum for 40 minutes with a low power vacuum instead of 20 minutes with a high powered one. Manufacturers will still produce low powered ones if there is market demand.

    1. Ian B
      June 26, 2023

      @Shirley+M your low powered vacuum cleaner is only half as good, so it has to work more than twice as hard and twice as long – so it gets to consumes more energy. That means we get to NetZero quicker in the Boris Race😉. Common sense and logic wasn’t around when some where indoctrinated through the education system. That’s the new ‘Blob’ discipline brought to you by an emancipated government lead by the unelected and unaccountable. (sarc)

  14. Donna
    June 26, 2023

    Letter from the Business Secretary to Sir John:

    Dear Sir John

    Thank you for your letter and the very interesting proposals you outlined. I have passed it to my Permanent Secretary for review.

    It’s been filed in the usual place.

    Kind regards

  15. Brian Tomkinson
    June 26, 2023

    This was printed in the Telegraph this weekend: “Households will pay a £170-a-year green levy on energy bills in the coming days, with Rishi Sunak and Jeremy Hunt accused of “slyly” shifting costs back to consumers.
    The Telegraph has learned that the two-year suspension of green levies announced last autumn is to end from the beginning of July, after just nine months.
    The cost of the levies was shifted from consumer bills to be funded instead by the Government, following a year-long campaign by energy firms and MPs amid spiraling gas, electricity and food prices last year.
    It will again be imposed on consumers, although there has been no formal announcement. ”
    More confirmation, if any were necessary, that this government is working against tghe interests of those whom they purport to serve. Any MP who does not oppose these actions is complicit and should lose their seat. In fact, we need a thorough clean out of the Augean stable which is the House of Commons.

  16. Bernie
    June 26, 2023

    Appealing to people like Kemi the same as clutching at straws – you’re wasting your time

    1. Timaction
      June 26, 2023

      Sir John knows. His party left him, like us, a long time ago. It’s quite sad really that our host retains his personal qualities and integrity in what must be hugely frustrating policy and ideological differences. He has little to no influence, so understands how we feel with none. He also knows his party has gone.

  17. ChrisS
    June 26, 2023

    As Peter Woood has said above : Why can’t ministers work these issues out for themselves ?
    The problem and the solutions are obvious but nobody does anything to sort them.

    I can think of only three reasons :

    1. The ministers are all signed up Greenies who believe in all this Green Crap

    2. The Civil service are all signed up Greenies and the ministers across almost all the relevant departments are too weak or ineffective to impose their will on the department, perhaps for fear of being accused of bullying ?

    3. The ministers have been given dodgy polling information that shows that the green policies over cars, heat pumps etc are popular with voters.

    No 2 seems the most likely and I suspect the problem stems from the very top of government where Sunak and Hunt seems happy to tow the establishment line on everything, especially the economy, whatever cost to voters, even when an election is looming ever closer.

  18. Cuibono
    June 26, 2023

    When Left moves Right ( Blair)
    And Right moves Left ( Major, Cameron, May)
    You get corporatism = a toxic mixture of right-wing corporate power, socialist totalitarianism and state power.
    It trashes individualism, families, neighbourhoods, personal enterprise, the nation state and parliament.
    I suppose some might call it communism or the other one ( that we can’t mention).
    It has happened before.

    Politics and history ( as taught) are just diversionary magic lantern shows to fox us!

    1. Sharon
      June 26, 2023

      Cuibono – spot on!

  19. Ian B
    June 26, 2023

    In the media yesterday – Jeremy Hunt is quoted as saying austerity necessary even if it has to be forced.

    Sir Jake Berry. “Andrew Bailey is pursuing what I call blobonomics, which is the sort of flawed economic principles of the Treasury. And I think the problem he has is that every prediction that is being made is wrong.”

    Then – “some MPs warning that changing the leadership at the Bank would further destabilise Britain’s financial reputation in a period of turmoil.” – isn’t the over-riding problem though out UK. MP’s know things are wrong, very wrong, yet they also know to raise their heads above the parapet might cause an election, an election were they could loose their cushy do nothing position.

    1. Ian B
      June 26, 2023

      @Ian B – correction ‘isn’t that over-riding problem though out UK’

    2. Mark B
      June 26, 2023

      Ian B

      One gets the feeling when people like Hunt make those comments that :

      a) they are really removed from reality and the consequences for the ‘little people’

      b) he is prepared to go for the economic nuclear option and save face rather than do a U-Turn.

  20. agricola
    June 26, 2023

    She does not appear to have replied perhaps because she suffers collective responsibility, the classic way of closing down original thinking and or spreading the blame. Face it SJR , from the day of the illigitimate coupe the blob has been in charge and will be until they are all lined up against the wall of a general election. Labour are even more beholden to the blob so no lifeboat there. The UK is in need of that Damacene moment of realisation that 550 of you in the Commons need to be replaced.

  21. Ian B
    June 26, 2023

    Sir John
    Keep up the very ‘good’ work, it is nice to know and feel that some MP’s are still serving their electorate, their constituency and the Country, and not the Universal Socialist Party(Uni Party) in acted by the ‘Blob’

  22. Nigl
    June 26, 2023

    Good luck with that. I guess we know what the answer her Civil Servants will allow her to give.

    And in other news I see public sector workers are going to be offered a ‘reduced’ increase in pay. Why not reduce their numbers, get more efficiency/output enabling the ‘pot’ to be shared with fewer people better rewarded,

    Could even help with inflation?

    Anyone in government understand the economics of that

  23. William Long
    June 26, 2023

    I thought Ms Badenoch was supposed to be one of the more independent thinkers among the leadership candidates, so l am very disappointed that it is necessary for you to write to her in these terms.
    Please let us know if, and how, she replies.

    1. Lifelogic
      June 26, 2023

      Indeed and she read Computer Systems Engineering albeit only at the University of Sussex but better than PPE Oxon!

  24. Christine
    June 26, 2023

    It would be political suicide for her to go against net zero or do anything to support Brexit. I do applaud you for trying but I don’t expect her to reply as she is another WEF sellout.

    1. glen cullen
      June 26, 2023

      Agree – we need the mass resignation of every traditional & true Tory MP …we need to reawaken the passion in politics …today

  25. James1
    June 26, 2023

    Unfortunately ‘Common Sense’ is clearly something that eludes a number of the clowns that we have in government at present.

    1. Ian B
      June 26, 2023

      @James1 – it is said quiet rightly that ‘Common Sense’ has been driven from the UK psyche, from its education system and from its politics.

  26. agricola
    June 26, 2023

    Ashley
    I think the conservatves are merely the tool via which outside forces exert their power. It was much easier for them when we were in the EU because Parliament was emasculated and all decisions were taken by civil servants in Brussels plus any organisation that was strong enough to exert pressure. The electorate and democracy were consigned to history. Thanks to Cameron’s error of judgement the electorate spoke in 2016. Then the real battle began, do not delude yourselves, it is ongoing and the appalling performance and path of our current government is hit you in the face evidence. The UK’s current state is a self inflicted wound. For me the only solution is to put, those who gave us Brexit, in power via the electorate, which effectively means Reform. Farage was right in the past and even more so today.

    1. Ian B
      June 26, 2023

      @agricola +1 as @james1 above ‘Common Sense’ is being denied

    2. glen cullen
      June 26, 2023

      Correct

    3. Peter+van+LEEUWEN
      June 26, 2023

      @ Agriola: “Farage was right in the past and even more so today.”
      Interesting. Farage wants to have proportional representation in elections.
      So you want that as well?

      1. IanT
        June 26, 2023

        Having lived and worked in Italy many years ago Peter, PR would certainly not be my first choice for stable government. I can’t say I’m happy with the current choice of ‘electable’ Parties because at the moment they all seem to have quite similar policies in practice. On balance, I’d rather wait for either Reform to gather more support or the Conservatives to actually find their way back home.

      2. ChrisS
        June 26, 2023

        Nigel is a practical politician :
        He knows that there is zero chance of a new party making progress towards government under our current electoral system. He proved it with UKIP, which came nowhere in general elections but won the most seats in the European Parliamentary election run under PR.
        However, judging by what has happened in various European countries, like Italy and Germany, for example, you either get very unstable government or a small party like the German FDP in coalition with one main party or the other for decades, and nothing much changes.
        In the UK, neither of the main parties will introduce PR because they know they will never win a clear majority again.
        All we can do is hope and pray that the Conservatives realise the error of their ways and abandon the whole Green Crap agenda and go back to proper Conservative policies, starting with sound money and low taxes.

        In the meantime, it probably doesn’t matter very much which party wins the next election. Things will be a bit worse under Labour but the hold the establishment now has over monetary policy will stop them spending too much. The thought of Starmer and (deputy Ed)running the country is not a pleasant one !

    4. Sharon
      June 26, 2023

      Agricola
      You are very likely correct. UK Column had a chart on their website a couple of years showing the governing hierarchy… governments were about third from the top.

  27. glen cullen
    June 26, 2023

    Excellent letter SirJ, could you also ask the business secretary why the banking sector has tanked for the past two months and is tanking today on the stock exchange wiping billions of their value and no media outlet is reporting the data ….This under the stewardship of the Sunak PM, maybe he’s re-established the No10 disinformation unit

    1. graham1946
      June 26, 2023

      Don’t see why the banks are tanking – they are getting a windfall for no effort, just like the oil and gas producers. There is usually a reason for this kind of thing – i.e. the big boys sell out to shake out the minnows and then buy back at cheap prices.

      1. glen cullen
        June 26, 2023

        The banks share-price is a barometer of the financial health of the nation, they foretell of mortgage arrears, business closures and unemployment, and in the long term a labour government, cost of net-zero, and uncertainty of the single market and scottish home rule ….they don’t see any profit in UK Plc

  28. Original Richard
    June 26, 2023

    Didn’t Kemi Badenoch attend the WEF conference in Davos earlier this year, the conference where Sir Keir Starmer said he preferred Davos to Westminster?

    1. Mickey Taking
      June 26, 2023

      eyes on the swinging pocket watch on a chain repeat after me ‘net zero good, CO2 bad, net zero good, CO2 bad’.

  29. Ian B
    June 26, 2023

    In the UK all offerings of any form of financial services(mortgages, investments and so on) the recipient is asked to sign that they agree and understand that interests rates ‘can go up as well as down’(or words to that effect).

    Suprised, or an expectation of bail outs seems a bit odd.

    There should be serious indignation that your elected Government the power behind the Bank of England, its management. The same Conservative Government that say the BoE is independent but they ‘give’ the BoE tax payer money to cover their(BoE) loses. The same Conservative Government that hires and fires the BoE’s leadership and defines its aims and direction – then refuses to manage outcomes.

    There should be serious indignation that the Conservative Party after 13 years of success at the poles allows it appointed MP’s to go rogue and appoint a Socialist Government. That is why we get what we get, the Conservative Party has given up, it is now part of the Uni-Party. The Conservative Party for some time now has banked on the alternatives being ‘worse’. Worse than what? The leadership in all the political groupings in the HoC are all signed up members of the WEF aligned Universal Socialist Party. That is 100% the opposite of Conservatism, freedom, the free market and entrepreneurial spirit. Their party membership may stand for certain views but their leadership has brought the HoC, Democracy into the gutter.

    At the next GE we will all be asked by our local candidates to vote for one view, direction or other. All very noble, honest and inspiring. The when they get to Parliament their leadership will point them in the direction of not rocking the ‘boat’ that they have to comply with “blobonomics” or risk isolation and get briefed against. So you don’t get to empower your MP, or pay for an elected Parliament a Government to work for the UK, you get to vote for … ‘well nothing’ it has no value

    You may as well vote for someone that identifies as a ‘Duck’, it makes more sense

  30. a-tracy
    June 26, 2023

    All politicians have been allowing anti-business, anti-capitalist critiques for years and years now. Co-operatives are better, they say; employee ownership is better. Well, come on then, children of the future, Blair’s education, education, education generation, where are these shared ownership businesses you’re all supposed to be creating on equal footing, sharing fairly between you all? They don’t appear by magic. Levelling down hasn’t worked out in State education; if your government spent a tenth on the top 5% that they spend on the bottom 10%, we would be moving forward. Instead, we’re all stagnating paying for thousands of kids, whose parents can’t be bothered to take them to school, taxis every day just to get them in the building.

    Families of entrepreneurs – so battered by taxes, with more being promised, and state control over the years no longer able to set their own pay policies and have to jump through hoops to tell someone they’re not performing well, and don’t bother trying to remove a bad egg – these kids no longer want to follow their parents into creating or keeping on business.

    I don’t care if you don’t believe me or want to listen to me. When our generation retires, and much more of Labour’s promised punishment for us, it will be sooner rather than later; it will all finally blow.

    1. Donna
      June 27, 2023

      Many in our generation have already retired: on top of all the other lunacy we’ve had from the Not-a-Conservative-Government for the past 13 years (and Blair/Brown beforehand), the moronic lockdowns and two years of deliberately wrecking the economy finally pushed them into downing tools and opting for a quiet life.

      Now we get Ministers imploring them to go back to work – to pay the inflated taxes they’ve imposed to pay for the madness they created and put up with the woke lunacy in the workplace – and guess what, most have ignored them.

      From personal experience, it’s quite satisfying living a less stressful life and depriving the Blue-Green-Socialists of as much of my money as I legally can.

  31. Original Richard
    June 26, 2023

    “Only the UK is proposing such an early write off [ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars] and closure of so many factories with loss of jobs.”

    The UK is the only country in the world proposing such a total ban. The EU is not proposing ANY ban at all, just that new ices must use e-fuels by 2035.

    In fact any ice can be relatively easily converted to e-fuels and a far more sensible way forward would be to legislate for new and existing ices to convert to compressed natural gas (CNG/methane) to reduce emissions followed by green natural gas to be finally CO2 neutral rather than expensive, impractical and dangerous bevs.

  32. turboterrier
    June 26, 2023

    Why do we always have to be seen as the leader.
    Take German car industry, not rolling over but coming up with synthetic fuel to replace petrol and diesel it not a new idea but if taken up it will save the car industry. As anyone seen the video on twitter 1000s of EVs dumped in fields as the manufacturers take advantage of all the subsidies in China. Is it a fake report or for real?

  33. Original Richard
    June 26, 2023

    “Co operate with the Energy department in expanding UK supplies of cheap reliable energy. You cannot have a successful industrial strategy with dear power, unreliable power and import dependence.”

    Yesterday the PM told the BBC :

    “Inflation is the enemy…..there is no overnight fix [to our existing problems]…”

    The primary cause of inflation and hence the “enemy” is the enormous cost of Net Zero and there is an overnight fix. It is to refute the false CAGW religious extremism for which there is no current, historical, experimental or theoretical evidence and repeal the CCA, cancel the Net Zero Strategy – Build Back Greener and revert to a sensible energy policy as followed by those countries not in recession and heading for economic disaster.

  34. Bryan Harris
    June 26, 2023

    It’s a shame that such decisions are no longer made by our own elected officials.

    Net-zero is like a large rumbling train, gather speed, unable to stop until everything hits the buffers, by which time it will be too late to save anything!

  35. Bert+Young
    June 26, 2023

    The advice to the Business Secretary is sound but what are the chances of it being adopted by her Department ?. The trouble is in the centre ; I doubt that Sunak and Hunt will take heed .

  36. Original Richard
    June 26, 2023

    “Co operate with the Energy department in expanding UK supplies of cheap reliable energy. You cannot have a successful industrial strategy with dear power, unreliable power and import dependence.”

    The PM is keen for maths to be taught in schools until 18.

    I wish he, the CCC, DES&NZ, Ofgem and a majority of MPs had learned at school that N x 0 = 0.

    If the wind is not blowing and the sun is not shining then simply building multiple times the current the capacity of wind turbines and solar panels will not produce any significant increases of energy during those periods.

    Downloading data for demand and wind and solar power from the Gridwatch website for 2022, then multiplying the wind and solar capacity as proposed by Sir Keir Starmer to make us a “clean energy superpower by 2030” I find that renewable power is so low that a high 47 GW of demand will be short of power by an enormous 42 GW when the wind is not blowing and the sun is not shining.

    How do MPs propose to cover this missing 42 GW?

    Just close down the country and call it an environmental lockdown necessary to save the planet?

  37. Ian B
    June 26, 2023

    Is it just rumour on conjecture when all the chattering class sees it . Or has this Conservative Government of 13 years imported enough buckets of sand into #10 to bury their heads in?

    Over at Conservative Home

    ‘As Karen Ward, a member of his advisory council, has put it, the Bank of England – deprived as its Monetary Policy Committee is of any monetarists – “has been too hesitant” when it comes to interest rate rises. It might be painful, but it isn’t painful enough: companies and workers don’t yet feel sufficiently nervous about the future. Bailey therefore has no choice but to “create a recession”.

    ‘Yet any subsidy program that blunts the pain of rate rises too much is self-defeating. In the words of John Major, “if the policy isn’t hurting, it isn’t working”. We need unemployment to be rising, businesses to go bust, and homes to repossessed. It is hardly the news any politician wants to hear on the eve of an election year.

    https://conservativehome.com/2023/06/22/inflation-and-mortgage-rates-sunak-and-hunt-should-tell-the-terrible-truth-that-if-the-policy-isnt-hurting-it-isnt-working/

    ‘Sunak needs to bite the bullet and get ready to junk his inflation pledge if the numbers do not improve. Sacking Bailey would be useful sign that he takes the mission seriously, even if it skates a little too close to last year’s chaos. But there is no point in denying reality. A bitter pill needs swallowing.

    “create a recession”?

  38. David Bunney
    June 26, 2023

    A very good and well articulated letter to the Business Secretary. I hope very much that the government takes your recommendations onboard and acts swiftly to deprioritise net zero and instead focus on economic fundamentals.
    Good work.
    David Bunney

  39. Geoffrey Berg
    June 26, 2023

    Great letter but needs the signatures of many M.P.s to put some real pressure on (and a copy to Sunak).

  40. Roy Grainger
    June 26, 2023

    Off Topic: One of the simplest wins of Brexit was to ban the export of live animals and strengthen animal welfare standards which we apparently couldn’t do while in the EU. This has broad cross-party and public support. This was in the Conservative 2019 manifesto and the government introduced a bill to do this under Boris as PM in May 2021. In May 2023 under Sunak the government totally abandoned this bill before it became law. One can only assume Sunak firstly doesn’t feel bound by manifesto commitments and secondly wants to stay aligned with the EU. Pathetic.

  41. Robert Thomas
    June 26, 2023

    The UK is losing high energy intensive industries not only because of high carbon taxes but , primarily, because the cost of power in the UK is very high by comparison with our industrial competitors. For instance UK electricity costs are some 50% higher than in Europe, why ?

    1. Chris
      June 26, 2023

      Because May agreed ‘No competitive advantages,’ so disadvantages are fine.

  42. Charles Breese
    June 26, 2023

    Your first sentence states ‘The UK government rightly wants to grow the economy and cut inflation’ – in my view these objectives need to be pursued within a framework of strengthening the UK’s resilience to cope with events which occur outside the UK ie we need to solve more of our problems ourselves and rely less on solutions from other countries – this approach would, I believe, result in changes to the way in which the government is presently approaching, for example, the sourcing of nuclear small modular reactors, which we are told is to be via tendering rather than developing a UK national champion.

  43. Lynn Atkinson
    June 26, 2023

    I see Scientists (who must be right) are predicting a massive volcanic eruption of ‘Europe supervolcano on brink of first eruption since 1538 sparking global winter fear’.
    Looks like the end of the Naples shoe trade and possibly also the end of ‘global warming’.
    Is the U.K. prepared for a ‘global winter’ – you know – dark and cold and hard to feed animals or grow crops?
    Has Kemi read the MSM and does she think the turbines will do the job?

    1. hefner
      June 26, 2023

      The original paper is nature.com 09/06/2033 ‘Potential for rupture before eruption at Campi Flegrei Caldera, Southern Italy’, C.R.J. Kilburn et al.,, Communications Earth & Environment, 4, 190.
      The three possible outcomes are described near the end of the ‘Results’ chapter in a paragraph starting with ‘In 2020, the crust entered the inelastic regime of deformation …’.
      People interested should read the three potential outcomes and see whether even the more brutal one ‘3/ Uplift continues until the upper crust breaks completely’ is likely to bring ‘a global winter’.

  44. Keith from Leeds
    June 26, 2023

    Good letter, Sir John, but should it really be necessary to state the obvious to the Business Minister? We have a PM & a Chancellor who have both said they would accept a recession to curb inflation. Everything they do seems to be designed to squeeze people’s incomes & make life harder. What do they do all day? Do they never think, let’s get the cost of government down significantly so there is room for tax cuts to encourage people & lift the economy? Why do they not challenge Net Zero? Have either of them read a book showing net zero is nonsense? Cheap reliable energy is the basis for a successful modern economy, how can they not see that?

  45. JohnK
    June 26, 2023

    Sir John:

    You are evidently a true Conservative, so I do not know why you waste your time with this shower of WEF stooges.

    One of the very first things Boris did on becoming PM (apart from selling Northern Ireland to the EU) was to embrace the Green madness, and announce the ban on the sale of ICE cars from 2030, five years earlier than even the EU planned to do, and have now abandoned.

    People in the know said that Germany would never permit the EU to do this, and they were right. But what was Boris’s excuse? Was it just an off the cuff example of greenwashing, carried out without any planning or cost/benefit analysis? Why of course it was.

    Boris is not a serious man. He was not a serious politician and he was not a serious PM. That is what brought him down. You cannot announce a lockdown for the country and continue to have “morale boosting” drinks parties at Number Ten. It is basic leadership, and it was the end of him. If he had been a Conservative I would have felt sorry for him. As it was, it was the end of a bluffer who wasted an 80 seat majority.

    The Conservatives will be out of power for years, but since they were not in any particular way Conservative, who will miss them?

  46. Derek
    June 26, 2023

    Of course you are right SJ and I have little doubt that the Minister accepts all that you say.
    However, as appears to be the case with this government, Ministers are no longer in control of their respective departments nor their policies so any thoughts of u-turning are squashed by unelected officialdom. No matter such changes would improve our economy and be a boost to the re-election potential of this pseudo-conservative government because any change to existing policy would show a “loss of face” and that is a fate worse than death within those circles.
    Odd that protocol is so similar to that of the officials within the CCP and EU too and neither of those can be called conservatives in any sense of the word.

  47. Denis+Cooper
    June 26, 2023

    Sir John, I’ve just been watching Kemi Badenoch give evidence to the European Scrutiny Committee.

    During which she said that she is an engineer not a lawyer, and not an arsonist – from 11:29:24 here:

    https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/270bcf4b-7ee7-49d8-a29b-83c51f45a0fc#player-tabs

    So you may even get a sensible reply to at least some of your points.

    I may be a bit biased because I agree with her over how to deal with the laws we got from the EU:

    http://johnredwoodsdiary.com/2023/06/21/regulating-artificial-intelligence/#comment-1395007

    “But we don’t have to immediately and indiscriminately dump all the UK laws which originated from the EU …”

  48. The Prangwizard
    June 26, 2023

    This, as with yesterday’s commentary, confirms the strength of Sir John as compromiser and concessioniser right at the start.

    We need more than that, we need determination to protect all our lifestyles and reject what is wrong, not just a little bit of it, or just slow it down.

  49. XY
    June 26, 2023

    Badenoch is a disappointment. Perhaps she’s biding her time, playing the long game, but what’s needed now is people who stand up in a time of need, as JR is doing – and has always done. However, the impotence of a backbench MP is palpable – except, of course, to bring about a change of leadership.

    And we’ve seen so many politicians pretending to one thing to get elected, then showing their true colours, so Badenoch really needs to show some consistency in her views and actions if she is to be taken seriously in future.

    Anything good she might do now would be for the country’s sake, because the Conservative Party is done for. There is no policy change that would persuade me to vote for Sunak/Hunt – especially one that comes so close to a GE, since any such policy can be conveniently discarded once it has garnered votes from the gullible.

  50. turboterrier
    June 26, 2023

    Another damning report from Net Zero Watch. But have no fear our leaders are not paying attention

    Professor Hughes’ thoughts are set out in a new article at Net Zero Watch: Wind costs will remain high

    https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2023/06/26/wind-isnt-working/

    1. glen cullen
      June 26, 2023

      +1

  51. Fran
    June 26, 2023

    What on earth is the foreign secretary making speeches in the House about Russia for why can’t he just mind his own business for a change.

    I don’t see the foreign ministers of Belgium or the Nethetlands or any of our other neighbouring countries making speeches about Russia. ‘Cracks starting to appear’ he says jeez there’s no end to it – he should know that we are in a different place now 2023 with thousands of food banks up and down the country.

  52. Iain gill
    June 26, 2023

    The country is being run by the blob not by politicians. Writing to senior politicians is a complete waste of time. None of the complaints processes in the public sector work. None of the political oversight works.
    And the difference between our main parties is marginal and unlikely to achieve anything as the blob will interpret as they see fit.

  53. glen cullen
    June 26, 2023

    Home Office – 25 June 2023
    Illegal Immigrants – 163
    Boats – 4

  54. hefner
    June 26, 2023

    Fear of recession. It might not be in the media you read but it has been widely discussed (FT, 22/06/2023 ‘UK bank shares fall as recession fears grow’; some investment ‘gurus’ (TheMotleyFool) even advising to buy Barclays shares, 21/06/2023; FT, 23/06/2023 ‘Global stocks cap worst week since March as data fuel recession fear’).

    It has been more or less on the news since at least middle of last year, with recrudescence of warnings since January 2023:
    12/05/2022 ‘City bosses warn of UK recession this year’, ft.com
    02/01/2023 ‘US and UK poised to fall into recession’, ft.com.
    16/01/2023 ‘Recession in 2023? That depends where you are in the world’.

  55. Feadupsouthener
    June 26, 2023

    Pothole damage is twice as bad with electric cars compared to petrol. Just saying Kemi.

  56. glen cullen
    June 26, 2023

    In my neighbour its impossible to find a road ‘without’ a pothole …and I don’t live in Wales were they’ve curtailed all pothole repairs

    1. glen cullen
      June 26, 2023

      Correction – all the new cycle-lanes are clear of potholes (and bicycles)

      1. Mickey Taking
        June 27, 2023

        well you don’t want mass prosecutions from pedestrians, joggers using the cycle lanes tripping up and going to A&E, do you!

  57. Linda Brown
    June 27, 2023

    All good stuff. The non-production of petrol/diesel cars from 2030 needs emphasising at all times. Keep the heat on as this is a ridiculous idea. We are a small contributor to the CO emissions debate and should not make ourselves look stupid by abiding by strict rules that will hurt our economy and workforce. This has happened with the EU and look where it got us? Farming needs watching with fertilisers as we need to get back to natural farming without pesticides. I think people should read old books on herbs and flowers and how they contribute to stopping pests and illnesses. Phil Drabble was one of the earliest farming gurus in my life and I still look back on him with reverence for his views. Everything has been jazzed up these days to try to take on board the younger generations but it is a mistake and hard graft and how it was done in the ‘olden days’ would go down better for our re-entry to sovereign stateship.

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