What you want

There are two themes from many of the contributions. Will I put my views about more widely in the media? And will the Conservatives take the advice if elected to government?

Yes, I willingly put my views in the wider media when opportunity presents. I have written two Sunday Express articles and a Telegraph article, and carried out half a dozen radio and TV interviews in the last month, including Newsnight and the Daily Politics booked in for today(now cancelled by BBC at last minute – obviously my views on the budget were too sensible for them!). This website, however, is a good way to publish views. It does get read by opinion formers and by government and Opposition advisers. I don’t have one set of views for this site and another watered down set for mainstream media! Views here do count.

I will set out from time to time what the Conservative response will be to problems I and my readers have raised, just as I regularly set out the government’s response. Today I have a reply from the Shadow Home Secretary to the issues surrounding the “Surveillance Society”.


  1. Kevin Lohse
    April 21, 2009

    You do a wonderful job explaining and arguing conservative thought. Please keep it up.

  2. Jim Pearson
    April 21, 2009

    Great to read, keep up the good work. You make me believe there are some decent politicans out there.

  3. Brian Tomkinson
    April 21, 2009

    Your blog is so good because, not only do you state your opinions in a clear and unambiguous way, you often reply directly to contributors’ comments. You set a great example for political blogging. Long may it continue.

  4. Colin D.
    April 21, 2009

    Yes, your blog is full of common sense. But I would be much happier if you were also hammering home these messages as a front bench spokesman. I now read that 85% of laws originate from the EU. It is beyond belief that a government without a specific mandate could sit on its hands and let this happen. One can only conclude that this suits the political elite and the opinions of the British people matter not a whit.
    Therefore, since Cameron is not prepared to bring strong and informed pro – UK voices on the front bench (but IS prepared to promote Clarke) I begin to fear Cameron may also be part of the pro European elite.

  5. mikestallard
    April 21, 2009

    I really look forward to reading, even when I am abroad on holiday, about the economy and other things on your blog. It is really helpful, clear and (usually) right too.
    Hey – if only Labour had someone who could do the same thing! I’ll bet they are really jealous.

  6. alan jutson
    April 21, 2009

    Keep up the good work John.
    I only hope it will continue in the same form should/when the Conservatives get into power.

  7. robert doughty
    April 22, 2009

    I just wanted to say that I by chance watched the BBC Parliament channel after the budget and was very impressed with your comments. I am not a person that believes in what any politcian says these days as their credibility has been shot to pieces by the greed, power, ego and all the wrong traits of human nature but I really felt that you are one of the few that speaks his mind and wears his heart on his sleeve. What a refreshing change to see it. I just hope you do not remain in the very small minority. Taking away the six layers of government and control over the peoples lives is crucial. Not treating the electorate as fools. ‘You can fall some of the people some of the time but not all of the people all of the time’, even if you control the information being fed out to us poor mushrooms. . .
    Please keep up the good work and if there is anyway I can help, I am happy to do so. My main concern is how we are controlled and fed information based on what they want us to hear, whoever they are. That is the problem. With large corporates getting more powerful, regulations pushing out free enterprise, cartels on pricing globally being fixed, politicans being bought. It all leaves us in a World where with the introduction of I.D. cards and greater technology to watch us, we are becoming less as individuals, more as faceless apatheic creatures. I hope some of what I have said strikes a cord. With regards – Robert Doughty

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