Moderating this website


A few posters are sending me several very long contributions every day. I am currently very busy with a lot of speeches to make (with travel), work to be done on the English votes campaign, and on EU and economic issues, and media interest. I am finding it difficult to keep up with all these long pieces.

I would urge each of you who send lots  to send me shorter and fewer contributions each day. I will sometimes just delete very long ones from people who send in lots to make it a bit easier to keep up.


  1. Margaret Brandreth-J
    October 13, 2014

    I don’t see why you need to justify anything here. Just don’t post our comments.You write an article and we read.The modern terminology is blogging .You are in control, your popularity is because you take an interest . Not many care about what others have to say.

  2. Stevie
    October 13, 2014


    Have you considered taking an intern to run the site? I would have thought there would be plenty of aspiring politicians who would value half an hour with you per day to go through the website posts and they could hold the crazy posts offline for your decisions.

    They could even do those meetings via Skype and you wouldn’t need to be in the same room.

    Then, after they have had their year working with you, you can cut them loose and remind that before they run for parliament, they should get out into the real world and spend their time learning a trade as politicians did pre-Blair!

    1. Narrow Shoulders
      October 14, 2014

      I would not wish you to employ an intern in order to see my post appear more speedily Mr Redwood.

      I am grateful for the opportunity to communicate with an MP on a regular basis and hope you continue to read a variety of (mostly) well argued views from a range of anecdotal and reference sources.

    2. Mondeo Man
      October 15, 2014

      No more aspiring-intern politicians thank you very much.

      Too many kidults running the country already.

      John – Just don’t publish us. Most of us only write for you to see it anyway.

  3. mickc
    October 14, 2014

    Perfectly understandable, the English votes issue must be won, and it will be difficult to do so.

  4. agricola
    October 14, 2014

    Some of your long diary postings merit long detailed responses.

    Did you watch Panorama on BBC last night doing a hatchet job on Nigel Farage. A very snide piece of journalism. They obviously feel that the rise to power and influence of UKIP poses a real problem for their monopoly on news/propaganda, real or manufactured. I hope they are correct in their fear.

    Hope this is short enough for you.

    Reply No I did not have time to watch any tv last night! Parliament was in session until 10.30pm

    1. Robert Taggart
      October 14, 2014

      re:BBC / Panorama – aye, Aye, AYE ! (short enuf ?) !!

    2. ian wragg
      October 14, 2014

      Thanks for having the blog John. We may not agree but I do respect you.
      I too watched Panorama and was amused at the BBC (the bastion of left wing opinion) trying to rubbish Farage.
      No mention of the LibLabCon and their antics giving away our birth right. At least Ukip are consistent in their criticism of the Brussels jamboree. It turned out to be a very feeble effort and more oxygen for Ukip.
      Well done BBC.

      1. Mondeo Man
        October 15, 2014

        It is the public who are on ‘transmit’ and not listening now.

        Normal communications between people and BBC, people and politicians is now broken.

        Things have changed but the politicians and BBC are in denial about it.

  5. Denis Cooper
    October 14, 2014

    Presumably, JR, this is why you have deleted one of the comments that I submitted yesterday, which in brief pointed out that by far the most important passage in the Bloomberg speech was Cameron’s rejection of the EU’s fundamental driving principle of “ever closer union”; that according to a French lawyer everything that Cameron apparently wanted could be fudged without any need to change the present EU treaties, but that demand would be the stickiest to deal with; that you and others previously urged that there should be a “mandate” referendum as soon as possible to set the terms for any renegotiation, but while Wharton’s Bill could have been for such a “mandate” referendum before the next general election in fact his party leaders wanted it to be for an “in-out” referendum after the next general election. But as that “kick it all as far as possible into the long grass” Bill is set to be re-introduced on Friday no doubt there will be other opportunities to repeat these points.

  6. Richard1
    October 14, 2014

    Do you have any data as to how widely read your blog is? It would be interesting to know how widely followed it is. I can’t think of another MP who has such a prominent blog?

  7. Sam
    October 14, 2014

    It seems novel, and rather heartening, that you read the comments yourself!

    Tip: you can probably set a filter to exclude posts that include the word “LibLabCon”.

  8. Richard Hobbs
    October 14, 2014

    John, you work hard and I for one am grateful for what you do. Although I rarely contribute , other than going on about my frozen pension, I read your blog and the comments every day. I too notice how there are some who seem just to love seeing their names in print and always have to write some diatribe or other, so it is only fair that you cast them aside.
    I only wish I was in UK and able to vote for you. Keep up the good work.

    1. Mondeo Man
      October 15, 2014

      I hope none of those names is mine, though I expect it might be.

      I still live in the UK and have my ear close to the ground. I know the issues which will cost the Tory party dear at the next election.

      Recent events are showing me (and the other bores) to be right.

      We keep repeating ourselves because we seem to be getting ignored. And these issues will not go away even if we remain silent about them.

      Mondeo Man is not my real name, btw (I doubt Lifelogic is his either.) I get no satisfaction from doing this – other than the fact that I will be able to say I tried.

      In fact there may even be a great personal cost and on that I am prepared to put my country first.

  9. ian
    October 14, 2014

    You need a stock market correction to 23% so that the money that has been left behind can get on board for the next 3 to 4 years. That in the dow jone

  10. ian
    October 14, 2014

    Big business and government call the people for a vote on Europe instead of doing their own dirty work. They got us in they should take us out. It look like times have changed. It look like a good idea at the time sir.

    October 14, 2014

    You could afford a helper by running online ads.
    Labour MPs 2 a penny
    Labour’s Overseas development aid to dictatorships. Buy one get one free
    Labour’s Manifesto 2014: Loss leader
    Labour’s strategy on NHS funding: Out of stock
    Labour’s Minimum Wage Bill: All unbought items will mount on the shelves for eternity.

    Reply I do not have the time to appoint and supervise a helper. Moderating is not an easy task.

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