Happy New Year

“Pour me another,  lets toast the new year
Here’s to a better, put  fizz in our cheer”

Tonight’s  not for sorrows, no mulling old wounds
Come banish our troubles,  lets sing some new tunes

Caught in the present is a moment to choose
To look forwards or backwards, to win or to lose

If you comfort yourself holding what’s past
This precious moment of hope will not last

Grasping  the future and its unknown way
Could bring success and many a wonderful day

The past is well trodden where  we know the ending
The future is for moulding, for shaping, for bending

As last year expires, with past hope and promise broken
Change things this time , leaving resolutions unspoken

So pour me another, lets toast the new year

here’s to a better, put fizz in our cheer

If your life is a drama  you can change the plot
If your friends are the  actors you can recast the lot

If people around you are holding you back
Tell them you’re changing, cast aside their rack

Lets seize the chance, lets decide to advance
Grab the year  by the throat and push out the boat

Lets hold on to new clichés that drive us to more
Lets venture out from  behind that closed door

We can stretch for the stars and strive for the sun
We can soar with  the wind making life more fun

You are only out of the game  when you give up the play
So write some new words so you have a new  say

Aim for something better, embrace the best
You may fall short of target  but gain from the quest

If new year’s eve is but routine,
only to be drunk away in sorrow
Nothing will change, nothing will improve,
You’ll just have a hangover tomorrow

So cast off the old
Live a new dream
Grab the future foretold
Mine a new seam

So pour me another, lets toast the new year
Here’s to a better, put fizz in our cheer

I know tomorrow can be better than today
Let the future   empower us with new sway

The future is only ours, my friend, if we want to race it
Tonight is the night to embrace it

So pour me another, lets toast the new year

Here’s to a better, put fizz in our cheer



  1. formula57
    December 31, 2018

    And best wishes for the New Year to you, Sir John. The year of our liberation from the Evil Empire!

  2. Fedupsoutherner
    December 31, 2018

    A very happy new year to you John and your family.

  3. margaret
    December 31, 2018


  4. M Davis
    December 31, 2018

    Great, Happy New Year to all!

  5. Yorkie
    December 31, 2018


  6. Mark B
    January 1, 2019

    Good morning and Happy New Year to our kind host, Sir John Redwood MP, and all those here on this diary.

    Let us hope that the one wish I am sure all patriotic and democracy loving true Brits’ wish for comes true.

    Here’s to 2019

    Mark B


  7. Maybot
    January 1, 2019

    For once I can’t say Happy New Year.

    I want the Tory Party destroyed.

    I want Andy and Newmainia’s wealth redistributed.

    Bring on the general election. I have a great record of forecasting outcomes.

    1. Newmania
      January 1, 2019

      Have you been listening to S Club Seven ?

    2. Newmania
      January 1, 2019

      What is a point of a general election when both Parties are Brexit Parties ? What is the point of voting ?

  8. Turboterrier
    January 1, 2019

    A very happy and prosperous new year to you Sir John your family and all the supporters of this diary

  9. bigneil
    January 1, 2019

    As you are now titled ( I am typing this with head bowed ) can you tell us what actually changes with you becoming titled – apart from the word in front of your name. Are you now entitled to do things that the rest of us mere mortals aren’t allowed to do? Can you get the best seats at a concert by dropping the Sir word in, etc etc. I can’t be the only one who doesn’t know and you are probably the only Sir I will ever e-mail.
    PS – Happy new year to you all.

    Reply I am the same person with the same values and opinions who does not expect sny change in behaviour by others towards me. I am not rebranding this site so it remains johnredwood.com.

    1. Den
      January 1, 2019

      Spoken like a true Brit, JR! However I do wonder if you are practising for your gainful employment post-Parliament – as a song writer.

  10. George Brooks
    January 1, 2019

    Those words are so true Sir John and will be kept near by as we progress towards regaining our freedom and control over our lives in the months ahead

    A very Happy New Year and every success in 2019 and beyond

  11. Al
    January 1, 2019

    A very Happy New Year.

    A shame it got off to such a sour note, when after the Queen’s speech tried to unite the country, Sadiq Khan’s fireworks (put on at a cost which could have helped the homeless problem or paid for extra police and nursing staff) seem to have been designed and intended to widen the divisions.

  12. John Hatfield
    January 1, 2019

    Happy New Year John

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