The new pedagocracy

The global elite are trying to make one size fit all around the world. They seek to enforce the power of their ideas by recruiting people of like minds to leading global bodies and into the civil services which staff governments. They value highly the formal qualifications put out by universities and professional bodies. They create a hierarchy of income, respect and wealth based on approved knowledge of a certain kind and membership of the privileged educational clubs. They find entrepreneurs uncomfortable with their radical ideas and ability to change the world without necessarily having passed through the right institutions. They seek to vilify or ignore anyone with a different view of the big issues of the day from how to promote growth to climate change and the way to respond to a virus.

They claim there are correct scientific or factual answers to complex problems. They think there is something called “settled” science. They seek to limit the scope for permitted dissent or political discussion of other options and approaches. They edge towards the idea of a post democratic age, when the views and wishes of the many distilled through the electoral process are replaced by the rules and laws of the so called international order, set down and interpreted by lawyers, senior officials and conforming politicians. They are intolerant of others whilst preaching tolerance on their own terms. The worst of them can be stupid in the way they deny the obvious, bury inconvenient evidence or scorn what commonsense suggests.

We need more debate about why the advocates of this approved and regulated international order are so often wrong, and why they think doing damage is an acceptable price to pay for their ideas.

If we take the issue of the “settled” views on economics, they hold that Central Banks are all wise and need to be independent. They seek to take as many issues as possible from competition policy to environmental policy out of the hands of elected politicians and ultimate public debate and control and put onto a rules based autopilot instead.

This system has delivered the Oil and banking crash of the 1970s, the Exchange Rate Mechanism recession of the early 1990s, the Great banking crash of 2008-9, the successive Euro crises of the last decade and now the CV 19 slump. Much of this was a failure of Central banking as well as poor conduct and judgement by commercial banks, but the Central Banks are always protected from criticism or management change.

The system has also delivered an over powerful China cornering the market in many manufactured products whilst enjoying privileged trading terms with the West. China busily sells the West the products of the Green revolution whilst pressing on with the construction of many new coal fired power stations.

It is time this universocracy was made more accountable. Elected people around the world need to ask more questions about the obvious failures of the policies of some of these institutions and governments, and need to speak out more for changes of approach.

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396 Comments

  1. Caterpillar
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    The final paragraph (“Elected people … speak out more”) is not possible in the U.K. without a change of electoral system.

    • Martin in Cardiff
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:08 am | Permalink

      John’s piece might actually be credible if he just named a few names.

      Who are these endlessly-repeated “they”?

      Come on, he must know at least some, otherwise his claims are groundless.

      As it is, he seems to be feeding the fevered imaginations of those already putty in the hands of the pedlars of conspiracy theories yet again.

      It’s private power through proprietorship, which selects government in powerful countries. It is they who control things, and I do have the names, but John doesn’t generally print them.

      They’re quite familiar.

      Reply The names are the WTO, Central Banks, the EU, the UN etc – the official class and the conforming politicians who go along with the professional consensus. It’s safe to be wrong together.

      • Lifelogic
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:08 am | Permalink

        They are essentially the state sector, most charities, the BBC, about 90% of University activity (who are usually seeking goverment grant money), some large businesses on the make, most lefty politicians (about 80% are), most schools, the NHS …..

        In short most people who do not have to supply a service in a competitive market. They get paid and pensioned anyway.

        Groupthink: A Study in Self Delusion by Christopher Booker get it about right.

        • Lifelogic
          Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:21 am | Permalink

          Give more power to the people in freedom and choice, lower taxes so they can choose how they spend their own money and more direct democracy. The people know what they want. Politicians and bureaucrats vote for what politicians and bureaucrats want – usually this is rather the opposite.

      • Hope
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:44 am | Permalink

        Caterpillar, quite correct. I accept JRs view in principle. However, JR, knows his party deliberately helped Red Ed Miliband get elected rather than have a Brexit Party MP! Red Ed the one his party warned us about. They are different cheeks of the same arse. There is no difference in policy. Corbyn was right he won the argument. Economy worse under Johnson, it took Brown ten years to achieve debt levels a fraction of what Johnson has managed in months! All economic destructive self harm choices he made, not an inanimate low level threat virus.

        I have to say a JRs blog today makes him and Party an absolute hypocrite. This also applies to the ever tightening of censorship of what is allowed to be discussed or thought among us little people.

        • ukretired123
          Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

          Viewed from the gutter?

          • Hope
            Posted October 30, 2020 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

            Meaning?

      • James Bertram
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 11:06 am | Permalink

        Martin, I’m in some agreement with you!
        I hit the wrong button, and my post that should be here will be further down the page.

      • NickC
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

        Martin, On the contrary JR’s piece is credible precisely because it deals with ideas rather than people.

        Formal qualifications – pieces of paper – above thinking and experience; ad hominem vilification (“deniers”, “thick” etc) of their opponents, rather than engaging with the facts; “settled” science when science can never be settled; top-down authoritarianism; the dismantling of the family; kneeling to BLM; gender fluidity imposed on society and, worse, on children; the CAGW hoax; unaccountable rule by self-perpetuating “experts”; and so on.

        Morals that have been held to be wise and virtuous for millennia have been inverted. We are well on the way to being not just physical serfs of the global elite but mental serfs too. The police, local authorities and the BBC conspire to control how we think. And if we don’t obey the elite, we lose reputation, jobs, and liberty.

        • Edward2
          Posted October 28, 2020 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

          Well said Nick.

        • M Davis
          Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

          So true!

        • DaveK
          Posted October 28, 2020 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

          If anyone had put up this post 4 years ago they would be called conspiracy cranks. What next, the Frankfurt School, Common Purpose, The Great Reset and Build Back Better?
          It’s now obvious that the covid scare is following the climate scare with uncannily the same political end product all based on naive politicians believing agenda driven modellers.

      • Lynn Atkinson
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

        ‘They’ are all the people who believe in and work for World Government. People who are ‘UN Ambassadors’ and push ‘Global Goals’. That includes many politicians and of course Martin, you!

        • glen cullen
          Posted October 28, 2020 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

          Agree – and something to fear

      • Mitchel
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

        Trotsky has triumphed from the grave.To think people on here were frightened of Corbyn!

      • Martin in Cardiff
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

        Thank you for the reply.

        However, I thought that WTO rules were supposed to be “perfectly satisfactory” according to the ERG?

        It seems rather odd, for such a defective body to arrive at such a happy outcome, doesn’t it?

      • UKQanon
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

        If you put individual names to this it will not get published. However you can add the World Economic Forum and the Council for Foreign Relations to the list. This is why “they” do not want Donald Trump elected. He has upset the status quo.

        • glen cullen
          Posted October 28, 2020 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

          +1

        • ukretired123
          Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

          – And sued for “Defamation of character”
          – just for speaking the truth. They don’t like it …….

      • Stephen Priest
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

        Lots of unrest in Italy

        Bologna – La protesta arriva in piazza, “vaffa” per Conte (28.10.20) search You tube

        you must pass this to the Prime Minister. Even though there’s a microscopic chance he will take notice.

        At least pass it to you fellow MPs

      • Martin in Cardiff
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

        John forgot to put “Reply” before his addition to my post.

        The last paragraph is his.

      • DennisA
        Posted October 29, 2020 at 10:53 am | Permalink

        My wife asks me the same question when I rant about the same things Sir John has so well expounded. The UN is made up mainly of Socialist International aligned countries, to his list I would add the WEF aka the Davos elite, hand in glove with the major NGO’s who seek to control our lives with the Great Re-set. The saintly schoolgirl Greta Thunberg was rapturously received there.

        The major banks and financial houses seek the “New Green Deal” because it means huge amounts of public money flowing from governments into projects and companies with which they are involved.

      • Sarah Tun
        Posted October 29, 2020 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

        Cultural Marxists. Democrats in the US, Media across the West, George Soros, GOOGLE — to name a few. He can’t name names in case he gets sued. But we can as we’re just commenting…

    • Narrow Shoulders
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:52 am | Permalink

      Quite, Sir John you write, forcefully, about this menace yet mostly facilitate it by voting with the whip and being party of the two party system. I know you feel you can do more inside the system than outside but your account above suggests that might need a rethink. There are good people in the Conservative Party and (some) in the Labour Party but they are part of the clique and vote with the pack.

      The electorate can only vote in what is offered.

      “Evil prospers when good men do nothing”

      • Hope
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:51 am | Permalink

        Seriously? Economy, mass immigration, betray and control the public, drive to the left wing cultural Marxism. Is there any difference between them?

        Come on, we had the scare stories to get into power but where is the real policy difference? Ten years of Fake Tories. What changed? Bold policy announcements, excuses, lies and spin that changed nothing, absolutely nothing. Immigration, you or JR care to explain how numbers will be reduced as promised over ten long years of lies? Perhaps the structural balanced defict by 2015? Brexit? Tories were in power for ten years no one else at fault despite trying to spin or lie otherwise. We read yesterday that in a new book Johnson hid upstairs rather than answer the door to IDS to speak about Brexit! He has form for hiding in fridges rather than speak to GMB.

    • Andy
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:54 am | Permalink

      Indeed. Here in the UK we have a governing party rejected by 58% of voters just months ago.

      Hundreds of MPs have lifelong jobs because they are in safe seats. Complacency grows, so too does a disinterest in voters.

      The problem is that we can’t remove this parliamentary deadwood – even though most of us want to.

      • Edward2
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:56 am | Permalink

        They are only safe seats because that is the way a majority of voters decide at elections.

        Your 58% statistic is ridiculous.
        If you add up the votes for every other party in an election, other than the winning party, then that number will almost always be more when there are many different parties to vote for..
        The only method to avoid that is to only allow two parties in a general election.

      • a-tracy
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:02 am | Permalink

        Andy the Turnout at the 2019 General Election was 67.3% that means nearly 33% or a third of the electorate don’t care who is elected, how do you know they aren’t all Tories 🙂

      • Lifelogic
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:13 am | Permalink

        People who chose not to vote Conservatie did not all reject the Conservatives.

        Many live in areas where the Conservative candidate simply had no chance. So in a FPTP system they are forced to vote for the least bad option SNP/Plaid/Libdim/Green (in Brighton) or Labour for example.

      • agricola
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:56 am | Permalink

        You have a wonderful way with figures Andy. Makes me think there is a category beyond statistics and lies called an Andy fanciful projection. For the record:-

        43.6% of the electorate voted Conservative
        32.2% voted Labour
        11.6% voted LD
        3.9% voted SNP
        4.5% voted Assorted Others.

        If you feel like it you could say that 63.6% of those who voted did not want a Labour government and an even higher percentage were against any of the other parties. The reality is if you did not vote Conservative you lost the election. There are enough nuances of opinion in the Conservative party without succumbing to Proportional Representation and having to please everyone and having indecisive leadership.

      • NickC
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

        Andy, Here in the UK we have a governing entity rejected by 52% of the voters over four years ago. Yet we are still controlled by the EU. And if the WA is not repealed, we will be in subjection for decades to come.

        The problem is that we can’t remove this EU deadwood – even though most of us want to.

        • Andy
          Posted October 28, 2020 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

          It has only taken you four and a half years so far because you Brexiteers are so staggeringly incompetent.

          You could have left years ago had you all not been so monumentally useless and ineffectual.

          Instead you misunderstood you mandate and you let it expire. Now you are doing something that nobody wants.

          We’ll undo it in due course and we will not be as pathetically inept as all of you.

          • Edward2
            Posted October 29, 2020 at 8:35 am | Permalink

            The remain establishment have done their best from day one to thwart, frustrate and delay the UK from leaving the EU.

          • a-tracy
            Posted October 29, 2020 at 9:19 am | Permalink

            I disagree over who are incompetent, Andy, it has taken this long because people thought they had elected Cameron and Mrs May’s government to Act on the decision – she was weak on the European stage, her choice to organise the leave was Oliver Robbins he is a eurofile rewarded by Europe for his WA.

            Her own Ministers who stood on a platform of leaving then betrayed the voters of the party that elected them and voted against them [this was inept]. We had them support the Benn Act to stall the PM, it took another election which only happened last year and then a disease arrived from China that May’s government, Cameron’s government and the Civil Service which survives throughout all governments hadn’t planned for, a health service completely flumoxed and unable to cope.

            Who is ‘we’ who are you talking for Andy?

      • Lynn Atkinson
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

        Andy the British people have sacked their Government 41 times since 1802.
        Of course we can change the politicians. You propose a system where no government is ever elected – you want these politicians to cobble together a deal behind the backs of the electorate who will get a government that NOBODY voted for.

      • Richard1
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

        you weren’t complaining when the Blair-Brown govt crashed the economy, sold off the gold, started a futile war in Iraq and signed 3 federalising EU treaties without referenda on the basis of a far smaller share of vote than the Boris govt has now. so stop moaning now.

        we also had a referendum on changing the voting system, at the behest of the liberal democrats who wanted new system which would have benefitted them. but it got rejected by the electorate. by a massive majority.

      • ukretired123
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

        Andy so tell us what you would do as Prime Minister in waiting as you just love bestowing nonsense upon us with your daily dollops.

    • Mike Wilson
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:55 am | Permalink

      Spot on. We have the illusion of democracy in this country.

      • na
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:19 am | Permalink

        I need to try to understand how hundreds of MPs collectively vote for tyranny.

        • Lynn Atkinson
          Posted October 28, 2020 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

          And in New Zealand, lead by a WOKE mother, for infanticide!

      • Fred H
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

        twas ever thus.

    • Lynn Atkinson
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:08 am | Permalink

      Your change in the electoral system is exactly what the globalists want. They want democracy to fail to deliver a functioning government as it did in Belgium for 7 years!

      • Peter Parsons
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:42 am | Permalink

        A change in the electoral system is the only way for millions to speak out in a way that the politicians will be forced to listen to. Under the UK’s current system, most of us are safely ignored because the system works that way.

        Have a read of Tim Ross’ book on the 2015 Conservative election campaign. Campaign decision #1 – focus on just 100 constituencies and write off the other 550, including John Redwood’s, as irrelevant “done deals” where no effort or money beyond the absolute bare minimum should be expended.

        What sort of democracy is it where parties feel they can safely write off 85% of the electorate as irrelevant before the campaign even starts?

        • a-tracy
          Posted October 28, 2020 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

          Isn’t that how the red wall started to fall Peter, complacent political parties?

          • Peter Parsons
            Posted October 29, 2020 at 11:02 am | Permalink

            They are both complacent. Seats often change hands because even when an increasing number of voters decide it’s not worth voting for anyone, someone still ends up “winning”, often not by doing any better, but just by not doing worse than the others.

        • Lynn Atkinson
          Posted October 28, 2020 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

          That is an election strategy. Did you not hear Glynis Kinnock, when she was selected, announce that they would fight her seat ‘as if it were a marginal’? (She had over 90% of the vote – why spend money and time trying for 95%?)
          The safe seats are not ‘written off’. They are safe because they are cherished each day by their MP.
          Read Cecil Parkinson’s book about the GE when he was Party Chairman. The Tory Party in those happy days had nearly as many canvassers and volunteers as voters. We could not lose an election – until Mrs May called us ‘the Nasty Party’ and the Tories went woke!

          • Peter Parsons
            Posted October 29, 2020 at 10:57 am | Permalink

            Safe seats are not cherished by their MPs, they are taken for granted and given minimum effort. This is something you experience when you live in one. I’ve never had a canvasser from either of the big two parties knock on my door in a GE campaign, and when it comes to leafletting, standard behaviour is one party sends out a standard, photoshopped, central HQ effort, simply cutting and pasting the candidate’s name and photo, and the other doesn’t even bother doing that.

            Neither bother because both know that, under FPTP, winning my vote makes zero difference so it is a waste of time them trying.

          • Edward2
            Posted October 29, 2020 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

            If MPs in safe seats do not cherish their constituents sooner or later they will be replaced or voted out.
            There are many examples which prove me right.

      • Hope
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:57 am | Permalink

        11 democracies after WWII now alleged over a hundred. China now dominating the world at world forums through economic might, other than Trump and Australia who is standing up against China? Our weak insipid bunch are kowtowing and still making vast orders to help their economy through their coal fired energy! Pars agreement, only a Trump spoke out, Iran deal only Trump spoke out.

        No wonder the left wing MSM constantly misrepresent and smear him. ITV, BBC , Sky and Channel 4. Always bias, always smearing and always not based on fact. Part of JRs global Orwellian world.

        • Lynn Atkinson
          Posted October 28, 2020 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

          You are hysterical Hope. China is broke. Trump has done for Huawei – It’s almost in liquidation.
          Calm down!

          • Mitchel
            Posted October 29, 2020 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

            Rubbish!Huawei has an enormous R&D effort underway to replace US designed chips, of which it has at least a year’s supply.The investment they have withdrawn from the US and “insolent” Australia they have moved to Russia to gain access to it’s large pool of tech savvy,numerate graduates and highly respected technical universities and research institutes.I would not bet against this being successful-what will happen to the US chip industry then?

      • forthurst
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

        Belgium is two countries trying to be one, a bit like the USA.

    • Ian @Barkham
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:38 am | Permalink

      Slightly true. It is not the system as such that is wrong, its the inclusion of the Party System in the selection of candidates that distorts. Parties get taxpayer funding to fight and hold down the better candidates. Party leaders choose who your candidate is regardless of the system (first past the post of proportional).

      The way to understand that is to identify which party has the all inclusive position to effectively govern for all. They don’t, they on the whole world wide are becoming self interest egotistical cabal’s whose main purpose is control and secure their own interests above those of the people

    • Peter
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:31 am | Permalink

      We don’t really have paleoconservatism in the UK. It’s an American movement.

      The main idea being that conservatism is no longer a good thing as we don’t need to conserve the current status quo we need to radically reform it.

      Problems being the existence of a ‘managerial state’ with business and government institutions overlapping and ‘AnarchoTyranny’ with police preoccupied with addressing thought control rather than tackling genuine crime.

      George Carlin has a narrower view that government is bought and paid for by lobbies for the wealthy and global businesses. You no longer have choices.

      The preoccupation with ‘economic man’ and little thought given to values and cherished traditions is not helpful either.

    • A.Sedgwick
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 10:08 am | Permalink

      Absolutely, the sad irony of this piece is our parliamentary system is part of the pedagocracy. We now have professors, consultants, advisers, experts coming out of the Westminster woodwork in droves.

      HoL – what a carry on. If Sid James was still alive he would fit in well.

      Scottish elections next year, if they happen, could start a Brexit style move to change the UK parliamentary system. Without a full federal system the UK will break up. CV is leading the way.

      • Lynn Atkinson
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

        Scotland will NEVER vote to leave the U.K.

    • Adams
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

      Spot on comment . Give us PR voting John . The Lab Con seesaw is no longer working .

  2. Ian Wragg
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 5:29 am | Permalink

    Since losing their colonies in the mid 20th century, European civil Serpents have lost much of their influence.
    As a substitute they have colluded to take collective control of the populous.
    Having like minded people working alongside gives them the power and means to coerce Joe Public.
    This is admirably demonstrated by the difficulties in leaving the EU.
    If Boris sells us out, it will be proof positive that he is part of the problem, not the solution.

    • Mark B
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 6:22 am | Permalink

      Ian

      They all drink from the same watering hole.

      The Plague and the industrial revolution were in their own way great levellers. The Plague freed tied people and the industrial revolution created a middle class that challenged the lazy and corrupt landed gentry. They’ve been trying to put us back in our box ever since.

      • Everhopeful
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:06 am | Permalink

        Absolutely, and the plague-caused shortage of labour made men realise the value of their own toil. They then demanded more wages…and freedom too.
        Did we reach the peak in the 60s? Unions, hope, a future?
        It has all been downhill since then as “THEY” clawed back what they had lost by including us in the system. Allowing us to run businesses etc.
        Now they want to exclude us completely using AI.
        They don’t even need us for their filthy wars!

        • Hope
          Posted October 28, 2020 at 10:00 am | Permalink

          Ian, if he sells out? The WA was written so the EU did not need a deal. That was despicable May and her Tory cohorts acting against the public mandate. She should be investigated and jailed for treason. She repeatedly told us No deal better than a bad deal when she was acting in stark contrast! That was deliberate.

      • Lynn Atkinson
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:12 am | Permalink

        And now they are overplaying their hand again. For decades nobody believed there was a push for ‘world government’, just as the EU Government was denied – because both are so patently ridiculous ideas. So the evil men had a free pass.
        Now the people see the evidence of their idiocy. This ‘pandemic’ and ‘lockdown’ might be the turning point because the people reject what they can now see.

        • Original Chris
          Posted October 28, 2020 at 11:34 am | Permalink

          Let us hope so, Lynn.
          This evil is what President Trump is fighting, admirably summed up in a campaign speech in 2016. The speech is on Youtube, entitled “This video will get Trump elected”, and it describes clearly the huge threat by the globalists to the freedom of our countries and their peoples. It is why candidate Trump got elected in 2016 because he recognised and spoke openly about this threat and determined to do something about it by running for President.

          He will, I believe, get a landslide win (bar massive voter fraud) next week because people in America want to get their country back from the globalists and to be set free.

          • Lynn Atkinson
            Posted October 28, 2020 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

            Yep. Trump,will,win and if we had a Trump he would win too for the same reasons.
            Got some bubbly for next week?

        • Ian Wragg
          Posted October 28, 2020 at 11:34 am | Permalink

          I wish the government luck in cancelling Christmas. We see daily how the hoy paloy ignore the rules. Only yesterday Kneel Stammer leaving the scene of an accident when police have been called.
          People are getting royaly teed off with the arbitary rules, pub on oneside of road closed, the other side open.
          Welsh parish Councillor working for Amazon and China.
          The worm is turning.

          • Lynn Atkinson
            Posted October 28, 2020 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

            Funny isn’t it, when a nation changes or makes up its mind? You can ‘feel’ it, it’s palpable. I felt it with the Brexit Referendum. I feel it again.

          • Fred H
            Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

            I think you mean hoi polloi, and yes the public are not going to cancel Christmas.

  3. Lester Cynic Beedell
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 5:59 am | Permalink

    The fact that moderation is necessary reveals the fact that censorship takes place, perhaps a few guidelines would be helpful as to what is permitted?
    It makes a mockery of “free speech”

    • Mike Wilson
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:53 am | Permalink

      Moderation is necessary to prevent slanderous comments being published and to avoid abusive language. It does not, alas, prevent daily repetition of the same points regardless of the topic.

      • Nigl
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 11:20 am | Permalink

        + a million!

      • Lester Cynic Beedell
        Posted October 29, 2020 at 4:18 am | Permalink

        Good point, I hadn’t thought about that

    • Caterpillar
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:06 am | Permalink

      Some of my, undoubtedly too long posts take a day, sometimes longer to be published. Some are deleted. Nonetheless I choose to take this positively and an indication that Sir John has read them. As long as Sir John continues to carry out the moderation himself, I think it is a good thing. At least there is one politician reading a selection of differing opinions.

      • Narrow Shoulders
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:44 am | Permalink

        Quite, do posters post for others or to make their point to a politician.

        I make my point on the subject to a conviction politician and having it published for wider viewing is a bonus.

        • Caterpillar
          Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

          +1

      • Alan Jutson
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:52 am | Permalink

        Caterpillar

        I agree being held in extended moderation is frustrating, but like you at least I know JR has read whatever I have written, which is the most important aspect of me making a contribution.
        I am fortunate that as a constituent my Mp is willing to share his views openly on so many topics, at least I then get to know what he stands for, unlike so may who just seem to go with the flow for a simple life.

        An excellent post this morning JR, the voters are being treated poorly by so many Governments around the World at the moment, hence the growing unrest in so many countries.

        • Caterpillar
          Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

          +1

      • Original Chris
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 11:36 am | Permalink

        I think there is evidence that Sir John “listens” to comments, even though he may not post them. I think this article today is evidence of that.

        • Caterpillar
          Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

          +1

        • fedupsoutherner
          Posted October 29, 2020 at 9:03 am | Permalink

          Definitely which goes to show that even Sir John feels he cannot print all comments he receives no matter how truthful. Democracy my backside.

    • SM
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:55 am | Permalink

      Lester

      a. It’s Sir John’s website, he can do what he likes with it – within the law.

      b. In my view, some of the comments that are printed sound unhinged, but supposing our host took ‘free speech’ as far as allowing promoters of paedophilia or terrorism to publicise their views here, would you support him?

      • Lester Cynic Beedell
        Posted October 29, 2020 at 4:13 am | Permalink

        That’s a very good point but it just illustrates that our minds work at different levels, I must admit that it hadn’t occurred to me!

    • NickC
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

      Lester Cynic, if you don’t want moderation start your own blog!

      • a-tracy
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

        +1

        • Lester Cynic Beedell
          Posted October 29, 2020 at 4:16 am | Permalink

          And the same applies to you 🤔🤔

          • a-tracy
            Posted October 30, 2020 at 11:35 am | Permalink

            I’m not moaning about it Lester, my comments are held in moderation, John’s choice. It’s easy to set up a blog and they’re free to do on sites such as WordPress or Blogger.

      • Lester Cynic Beedell
        Posted October 29, 2020 at 4:15 am | Permalink

        I had noticed that there was e distinct lack of civility about many of the discussions, your reply serves to illustrates that fact

  4. TooleyStu
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 5:59 am | Permalink

    SJR,
    Wow.. just wow.
    Well said.

    >>> They think there is something called “settled” science. <<<
    I believe 99.95% of scientist agree with the people paying their wages.

    And also (more worrying) I believe everyone at the Gov top table has been bought and paid for .. years ago .. by our collusive banking cartels.

    Keep shouting please.

    Best regards, as ever,
    Tooley Stu

    • Peter Wood
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:08 am | Permalink

      WOW .. was my reaction too…. I’m wondering why? SIR john, after all, is member of the establishment, and clearly benefited from (and contributes towards) the ‘system’.

      Who are these hidden ‘rulers western democracies’, are they the Davos glitterati or some more secret cabal? Do enlighten us.

      This most recent round of ‘money printing’, here, the US and especially the EU, will most likely bring about a new epoch for our societies. When we no longer believe in the security of colourful bits of paper.

      • Christine
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:27 am | Permalink

        The Great Financial Reset is fast approaching. You can bet on it that the World elites will have moved their money to protect it. All this money printing has to be paid for somehow.

    • Stred
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:20 am | Permalink

      They share the same education. In the UK it’s Common Purpose training paid for by the taxpayers. They’ve added awareness courses to their menu now, paid for by customers of big business and taxpayers again when all civil servants and MPs attend. Their PR arm is the nudge unit, staffed by many civil servants in the ministries and the cabinet office.

      • Lynn Atkinson
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

        Education and indoctrination are mutually exclusive. Common Purpose is not education.

        • Stred
          Posted October 28, 2020 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

          They think it is – for the elite leaders. So do the civil servants in the education dept and the teachers and lecturers dispensing it to children and students. It’s the long march, paid for by us.

    • J Bush
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:32 am | Permalink

      “everyone at the Gov top table has been bought and paid for”

      I agree, because they are singing from the same song sheet. Boris Johnson has already announced Britain’s going to have a ‘great reset’, as per the WEF and other globalist groups.

      My question is, when are the electorate going to be allowed to have a say in the direction this government wants to take us? It certainly wasn’t in any manifesto.

    • Ian @Barkham
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:39 am | Permalink

      +1

    • Simeon
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:47 am | Permalink

      And of course the Conservative Party is standing bravely against this globalist system, upholding the principle of self-determination, and speaking up for the ordinary people…

      Seriously Sir John, it is an insult to speak so forcefully against the system you describe when your loyalty is to a fully paid up member of the same. Your action, or rather inaction, is not consistent with your rhetoric. If you actually believed what you write, and you had the courage of your convictions, you would not be a Conservative MP. As it is, your words are empty.

      Reply If you wish to change things you need votes as well as voice.

      • Fred H
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

        reply to reply – – then Sir John you and many dozens of Tory MPs need to assert yourselves lest your voices will be laughed at with a loud chorus of ‘we don’t believe you’ come the next GE. Then be certain that the need for votes will be your Party’s undoing!

      • Simeon
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

        Reply to reply

        What has changed for the better in the past thirty years? You’ve had the votes, but what voice have we heard? The country does not hear your voice, but that of the leadership of the Tory and Labour parties.

        An optimistic view would be that, through your efforts, Conservative governments have been less appalling than they otherwise would have been. But when this country is plumbing new depths with each passing year, isn’t greater ambition called for? Rather than slowing the increase of state power year on year, this process needs to be put in reverse, and with great urgency. Anything less is fiddling at the margins.

        The Conservative Party will never be the vehicle for the change this country would so greatly benefit from. It is truly radical change that is now needed. Conservatism as an approach had real merit when there was something worth conserving. Now, in this country, there is nothing of value left to conserve.

    • Fishknife
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 11:36 am | Permalink

      Wow indeed!
      It is very difficult to drain the “Swamp” when the swamp is sitting on the plug.
      Covid has taught us that the levers of power aren’t attached to anything; for good or ill.
      Our first step is a meaningful Brexit; which should have taught us that if we, the silent majority, hold out the PTB have, eventually, to capitulate.
      In Covid terms WE WILL HAVE CHRISTMAS, we will vote with our feet, so that’s the political reality regardless of what panic the MSM propagate.
      Surely Brexit has shown us that we need to update our democracy to reflect our views better than a two party system intent on its own protection.
      And I’m not talking PR or AV.
      With e-identity we will have the ability to canvass and vote on topics, we will be able to express an opinion directly on everything – and agitate.
      The MSM mould has broken itself by failing to address our concerns and Pandora’s Box has cracked its lid.
      KBO

      • Lynn Atkinson
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

        That will not work. In ‘direct democracy’ votes will be bought.

        • Fishknife
          Posted October 28, 2020 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

          Surely the strength of democracy is that it is harder to buy a significant proportion of a population than the Houses of Parliament.
          Although Labour have been buying influence with our money for 70 years we don’t stay bought when the money runs out.

  5. Stephen Priest
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 6:09 am | Permalink

    Every day gets more and more depressing

    Sweden averaging 2-3 covid deaths day

    Despite all the evidence politicians and their unelected and very well paid masters seem intent on destroying what’s left of the economy.

    They want us to buy all our “non essential” goods from China via Amazon.

    • Sir Joe Soap
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:02 am | Permalink

      The irony is that real science and scientists are more than ready to accept dissenting and “off the wall” views about their subject so long as they are well founded and come from a reasonable starting point. Most discoveries are made on a hunch that something might work, and uncertainty is the key to unlocking R and D grants and tax benefits. So somebody up there KNOWS that questioning the established or “certain”order can bring benefits.

      Yet when it comes to any challenge to “established” climate theories, virus theories, monetary theories or indeed how things could work under the changes many of your contributors propose, the “establishment” rubbishes these ideas. Somehow it seems that in these areas their certainty trumps our challenges.

    • Lynn Atkinson
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:13 am | Permalink

      Always do the opposite of what your enemy wants you to do. Now you know who the enemy is, it’s easy. Use cash!

      • Mike Durrans
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:33 am | Permalink

        Well said Lynn! Its getting harder to use cash but I hope they fo not succeed.
        I left an item on the shop country tree days ago as the would not accept Stirling, perhaps more should do the same, my reason is solely budgeting. If I use cash I KNOW I’m not over spending.
        But then I suspect a lot of bankers want us in debt so they can CONTROL!

      • Martyn G
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 10:16 am | Permalink

        Quite right LA – I do just that when I can, because it leaves no trail for others to follow. Interestingly, I had to use a series of taxis the other week and on me asking them card or cash, they all said cash please. I wonder why?

        • Fred H
          Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

          Cash tips don’t get recorded in the bank transaction!

      • James Bertram
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 10:17 am | Permalink

        +1 Yes, the enemy have shown their hand.
        Also, throw away your mobile phone, only use a landline. Take as little medicine as possible, let your doctor know this is your view, and keep yourself fit. Engage and purchase as little technology as possible. Try and support small independent businesses and avoid buying product or using the services of big corporates. Ignore all advertising. Avoid social media, and use DuckDuckGo as your search engine, not google. Use a small email provider (not microsoft or google). Buy books, not Kindle. Try to buy locally, or British product. Keep using cheques; demand banking services in your village. Careful about what you and your pension provider invest in.
        Taking power away from the technocrats begins at the personal level – small is beautiful.

        • Lynn Atkinson
          Posted October 28, 2020 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

          Totally correct. And don’t give a living to those who should not be in your country running a Slaves! Wash your own car or use a mechanical car wash, use British builders, Give to charity directly – e.g. women’s shelters and bypass the Corporate ‘charities’.
          I was withdrawing cash from my bank and the teller asked me why I wanted it. ‘Because it’s mine!’

      • Pominoz
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 11:17 am | Permalink

        Lynn,

        Almost every day, I read your contributions and responses to so many varied topics and find myself agreeing with so much of what you say.

        Please do keep submitting your common sense views. Eventually, a few of those who purport to represent the people might just take notice.

        • Lynn Atkinson
          Posted October 28, 2020 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

          Thank you. They are conservative views which come as a surprise to many in the establishment. I have even had one BBC TV presenter saying he ‘had never heard similar views’ (I was representing the British Housewives’ League on a programme called ‘punchbag’ – there to make 2 of Blair’s babes look good).
          So much for the Beeb! Closed shop, closed minds.

      • Nigl
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 11:23 am | Permalink

        What a ridiculous solution. Wandering round with wads of cash presumably also visiting the utilities monthly, insurances, car tax etc not forgetting that bank notes across the world are known carriers of all sorts of infections.

        • Lynn Atkinson
          Posted October 28, 2020 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

          Yes take it to extremes because that is the only argument against.
          I remember Edwina Currie claiming that the 200 mile limit meant we wanted to annex Paris!
          We all knew she was a fool then.
          As we do with you now.

      • James Bertram
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 11:25 am | Permalink

        Good article:
        https://fortuneandfreedom.com/topic/what-will-the-coming-currency-reset-look-like-for-you/

        ‘….Owning debt that’s at risk of being cancelled under the currency reset is also dangerous. That’s what the IMF’s managing director spoke about. And, as Nigel messaged me yesterday in response to my article, “The vast levels of debt built up before and during this crisis will, I believe, lead to debt cancellation. Private investors need to be alert to this.”

        Which debts?

        Not yours, of course. You’ll still have to pay up.

        We’re talking government debt, for the most part. The bonds that are likely in your pension fund, not to mention your bank owning them.

        Just as in Greece, governments will come to some arrangement to default on their government debt. It won’t be called that. It’ll be called a Great Reset. That’s what the World Economic Forum is already calling it…’

        Reply States through their Central Banks have already bought up large quantities of the state debt so that part is no longer a debt.UK state debt to GDP is not 100% but 63%

        • Mike Wilson
          Posted October 29, 2020 at 5:40 am | Permalink

          States … have already bought up large quantities of the state debt

          Any objective reading of the above would assume that came from Alice in Wonderland. The state borrows money and then buys the debt. The mind can but boggle.

      • Ian Wragg
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 11:36 am | Permalink

        Well said, any shop not accenting cash I will boycott.

      • glen cullen
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

        +1

      • MickN
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

        I always use cash.
        Most shops that say card only will take it if you offer.
        The other day I offered cash and was told I could if I had the correct money. I didn’t so I paid by card on that occasion but it is the only time and had I had the correct money I would not have needed to pay by card even then.

    • Martin in Cardiff
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

      Sweden does not have seventeen million self-proven, anti-civic, ignorant cynics.

      • Fred H
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

        who does?

  6. Mark B
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    Good morning

    And I for one agree.

    This is nothing new. One can take many examples from history but the best one I think is what happened to Galileo. He challenged the settled science (religion) and was condemned for it. But history remembers him and not his accusers.

    This is all about power and who gets to use it. Many of the scams we are facing are just means to an end and represent the same control over us as was done from the Pulpit. For not cutting our CO2 or wearing a muzzle was instantly become sinners and must be punished.

    The only solution is more democracy and I would go further and advocate direct democracy. This is because the MP’s have abandoned their solem duty of representing us and act little more than voting fodder. We need root and branch reform.

    PS

    I was not able to comment on yesterdays topic but would just like to add that, no matter who the Americans would like to be their President, unlike Remainers I shall respect their decision.

    • matthu
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 6:33 am | Permalink

      “I was not able to comment on yesterdays topic but would just like to add that, no matter who the Americans would like to be their President, unlike Remainers I shall respect their decision.”

      It will be difficult to respect any decision if it appears to many that there has been massive voter fraud made possible by postal voting or if it takes weeks or months of wrangling in the courts to arrive at an outcome. So let’s hope for a clear cut outcome on the night.

    • Mary M.
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 6:52 am | Permalink

      Read the open letter of The World Doctors’ Alliance if you want to feel there is still hope of escaping this pedagocracy.
      Plenty of researched facts and figures, including references.
      https://worlddoctorsalliance.com/

      • Sharon Jagger
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

        Mary M

        I will read the letter shortly, but currently that will be ignored along with the great Barrington Declaration, the Belgian scientists and medics open letter, other U.K. open letter from GPs, and so on.

        That’s the point – nothing seems to make any difference! They won’t/don’t want to listen

        I write frequently to my MP till I’m sick of it! Nothing changes!

    • Lifelogic
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:36 am | Permalink

      Indeed the public get things right far far more often than politicians. A vote every five years for an MP (usually the least bad option of two who could possibly win) and who will not do what they say they will anyway post election – is certainly not real democracy.

      We saw even after the EU referendum results the attempt by May and others to ignore the vote and kick voters in the teeth, we even had the dire treachery of the Benn Act . We saw the endless lies from Cast Iron, EUsceptic, small tax at heart, I stay on and serve section 50 notice next day and deliver Brexit. Lies, lies and more lies from the man – he was the complete opposite.

      • Nigl
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 11:28 am | Permalink

        The way you talk about everyone else indicates your total disdain for them and the unshakeable superiority of your views.

        Obviously in any election you would be the only worthwhile candidate so would be a shoe in and up through Cabinet.

        Or maybe having read some of your views churned out on auto repeat, not!

        • Lynn Atkinson
          Posted October 28, 2020 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

          Extremes again nigl. Formulate a better argument – if you can!

        • a-tracy
          Posted October 28, 2020 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

          Nig? the first sentence said “Indeed the public get things right far far more often than politicians.”

        • Lifelogic
          Posted October 28, 2020 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

          If you want to be a politician best not to tell the truth if you want to be elected. Just promise lower taxes (for all but the very rich), more benefits for all, better public services everywhere, green crap and anything else you think will win you votes before the elction. As they nearly all do know they cannot do any such thing.

          I have no desire to lie in this way nor to be a politician.

    • Andy
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:59 am | Permalink

      I respect your decision to leave on the terms you promised in 2016. I wonder why you have abysmally failed to deliver those terms and are pursuing terms for which you have no mandate. I also respected the American people’s decision to elect Hillary Clinton last time around around. Far more voted for her than voted for the mentally unstable Oompa Loompa.

      • a-tracy
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:54 am | Permalink

        Cameron failed – quit and ran
        May failed – Benn succeeded with the help of Tory MPs who betrayed the voters who put them in their job – we got rid of most of them – however then someone? decided they should be elevated to the Lords to create unelected havoc there.
        Boris fail – electing people in the Lords to oppose his majority government, not making immediate changes in the Lords to reduce numbers and make the chamber elected as people like Peter on here propose with PR.
        Cummings fail – he doesn’t have the power you always claim he does Andy or he wouldn’t accept the shenanigans, delays and promotion of people like Douglas Ross!

        • glen cullen
          Posted October 28, 2020 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

          +1

      • beresford
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:55 am | Permalink

        As you know America employs a collegiate electoral system where it is the number of state votes you win that counts. The same thing could happen in this country with the party with most votes not getting the most constituencies. However using an example which is familiar to you the alternative of a straight count of the popular vote leads to claims that certain districts (London, Scotland, N Ireland) didn’t vote for the outcome (Leave the EU) and therefore it is unfair.

      • Edward2
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:58 am | Permalink

        You completely fail to understand the American Collegiate Presidential election system.

      • IanT
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:08 am | Permalink

        Or to put it another way – Hilary Clinton managed to lose against “Oompa Loompa” – quite an achievement really…

      • agricola
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 10:37 am | Permalink

        Your respect for democratic decisions carries as much conviction as the May’s government negotiation ably supported by the establishment as soon as the result was known.. There was only one term and that was that we leave, what followed was merely vested interests trying to engineer something different. Terms of leaving were not voted upon, only the leave decision.

        Under the US electoral system H Clinton was not elected President, Trump was. We will have to live with their coming election. like it or not.

      • rose
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 11:10 am | Permalink

        They have the Electoral College and we have Parliamentary Constituencies. As you know, the boundaries are greatly in favour of the Labour Party as for some reason people keep moving out of Labour constituencies and into Conservative ones, and the electoral Commission never catches up. We hear a lot about Mrs Clinton winning the popular vote but never about those times the defeated Conservatives have.

      • NickC
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

        Andy, No “terms” were promised – other than Leave itself. Which we still haven’t got; and still won’t get as long as the WA exists.

        You pretend to respect the results of both Brexit and Trump’s election, but twist the rules that exist to squirm out of actual respect. Your fake “respect” fools no one except yourself.

      • Lynn Atkinson
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

        Andy you learn the game then play it to win. As the USA has an electoral college the electioneering strategy is geared to that. If it were most votes Trump would have played a different game and won anyway.
        Amazing though, that you would accept Hillary who did not ‘get a majority’ in a 2 horse race.

      • No Longer Anonymous
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

        Andy – You were kicking off right from the start. You’ve been doing it for years. So you DON’T respect the vote.

        Nor did May and nor does – it seem – Boris.

    • Lynn Atkinson
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:15 am | Permalink

      Upgrade the MPs. You play into the enemies hand by throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

    • Simeon
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:12 am | Permalink

      Sorry, but I think you are very wrong. Direct democracy is not a solution, but a recipe for disaster. It would be less disastrous if the electorate consisted majorly of thoughtful people like yourself, but of course the electorate consists almost entirely of people whom are either foolish, apathetic, well-meaning but misguided, or intentionally seek to do harm. And all are selfish – if not unreasonably so – when invited into the voting booth.

      The first problem with democracy, direct or otherwise, is human nature, and it is an unsolvable problem. And the second problem, also unsolvable, is that direct democracy is merely a more efficient way of arriving at the tyranny of all by the majority, rather than risking a tyranny of all by the larģest minority.

      Democracy is fundamentally a bad idea. Instead, there should be a bare framework provided by the state within which individuals and groups can freely and voluntarily associate and cooperate, whilst being protected from outside threats. People should be allowed to live their lives as they see fit, provided they are not directly interfering with the ability of others to do the same. In a democracy, The People decide how people can and can’t live their lives. That we all, whether actively or passively, participate in this tyranny doesn’t make democracy any less tyrannical. I am against tyranny in all its forms.

      • Mark B
        Posted October 29, 2020 at 6:29 am | Permalink

        No system is perfect but, the reason why I advocate Direct Democracy is because it has served the Swiss very well. It also allows people to correct their mistakes as it is they that are directly affected.

        My only rule for Direct Democracy is : You can have anything you want. So long as it is YOU that is prepared to pay for it.

        • Simeon
          Posted October 29, 2020 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

          Thank you for your measured reply.

          How much of Switzerland’s prosperity can be attributed to its political systems? Direct democracy there might do a job, and might even have its points in the Swiss context, but direct democracy in any major nation I can think of would be deeply problematic for the reasons I gave above to do with human nature/behaviour. (In certain contexts, on a small scale, democracy might produce benefits. But the more people are involved, the more difficult this is.)

          As for the idea that you can have anything you want provided you are prepared to pay for it, you can guarantee that policies arising from direct democracy will see people being forced to pay for things the majority wants, but they don’t. This is immoral. No one should be forced to do anything they don’t want to do, provided this doesn’t directly result in forcing someone else. I’m all for working cooperatively, but coerced cooperation is wrong. (In very specific circumstances coercion can be justified. There are always exceptions in human affairs. But here we are speaking of general principles.)

    • Norman
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:59 am | Permalink

      See excellent, in depth article by Dominic Stratham: ‘The Truth about the Galileo Affair’ on Creation.com website: nothing like the stereotyped version so often presented.

  7. Norman
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 6:18 am | Permalink

    ‘Settled’ science says the Creation created itself. No wonder everything goes downhill from there (Cf. Romans 1; Psalm 2).

    • glen cullen
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

      Government pays for science = they get the results they want
      Private sector pays for science = they get an answer

    • NickC
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

      Norman, Yes, the evolution of physical constants is somewhat problematical.

  8. matthu
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 6:29 am | Permalink

    “We need more debate about why the advocates of this approved and regulated international order are so often wrong, and why they think doing damage is an acceptable price to pay for their ideas.”

    So hard when government and big tech join forces to suppress dissent or protest. But the electorate won’t easily forget.

    • Lynn Atkinson
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

      Yes it’s called ‘Corporatism’. It’s the Continental default as opposed to ‘democracy and capitalism’ which Hitler called The English System.

    • The Prangwizard
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

      On the ‘debate’ point, I would say that this is of course the civilised approach to problems we always get.

      The platforms will be full of the elites who Sir John confirms control just about everything. We must name people and seek their removal citing their anti-democratic and worse activities. Nothing will change otherwise, they spot the oppostion and have them put down keeping themselves secret and hidden.

  9. Everhopeful
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 6:53 am | Permalink

    Yes, yes..we can all feel this increasing totalitarianism breathing down our necks.But what, if anything, is going to be done about it?
    And as for Covid…NONE OF IT EVER NEEDED TO HAVE HAPPENED. Not one single shop ever needed to have been shut. And EVERYONE knows that!!!
    So what is going on? Has Johnson been taken hostage? Does he REALLY not understand what he has done?
    We deserve an explanation. These are our lives Westminster is screwing with.
    As Greta would say….”How dare you?”.

    • NickC
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

      Everhopeful, Unfortunately the propaganda is so pervasive that a very large number of people have succumbed.

      The most blatant example is how the elite vilified anyone opposed to their policy of not wearing masks in public, in March/April, then performed a volte face to vilify those opposed to mask wearing (indeed making it an offence) now.

      I don’t mind experts or the government getting it wrong so much as the total lack of honesty and humility, and the failure to acknowledge uncertainties. And of course making out the public to be anti-social, criminals, and/or thick just because the “experts” change their minds.

      • Everhopeful
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

        +1

      • Lynn Atkinson
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

        +1

    • Original Richard
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

      Everhopeful : “So what is going on? Has Johnson been taken hostage?”

      Yes, Johnson is petrified that the NHS will be overwhelmed and our left wing media and swamp will never let it rest until the government is brought down. So he has erred on the side of caution.

  10. BeebTax
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    Wonderful to see an MP writing this. I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiments so clearly expressed.

    The problem is that the rot has well and truly set in. If you aim to send 50% of people to university because that will supposedly make them better than the rest and “equip” them to be “tomorrow’s leaders”, the other 50% are going to be rendered powerless and disadvantaged. What the elites derisively call “populism” is one reaction to this.

    It’s difficult to feel very optimistic here. In the medium term democratic populism may have a few successes (and backfiring failures) in redressing the balance. In the past though,, wars and other such calamities have been the mechanism to resolve such matters.

    • NickC
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

      Beebtax, I agree that it is wonderful to see an MP writing a thoughtful piece like this. Thank you JR.

    • Lynn Atkinson
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

      This MP is in a class of his own.

    • glen cullen
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

      I’d like to see and hear more MPs speaking their mind and not just toeing the media or establishment line

      (note that I didn’t say the political line – as this no longer exists)

  11. Everhopeful
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    What now?
    Another Lockdown??
    Is nobody going to do anything to stop this insanity?

    • Martin in Cardiff
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

      Vote Leave!!!!!

      Oh, er…

  12. GilesB
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:15 am | Permalink

    The global elite also seek uniformity. Everywhere the same. Everyone the same. No differences in values, beliefs, attitudes, behaviour.

    A fatal result.

    Nature has shown (settled science) that species only survive by maintaining diversity.

    Homo Sapiens is the only species of Homo left. Without cultural diversity we are doomed. Not next week, next year, or even next decade. But it is certain that without maintaining diversity we will be extinct

    • James Bertram
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:42 am | Permalink

      Exactly my view, Giles.
      Small is beautiful. Globalisation (or all eggs in one basket) is fatal.
      [My main passions are Nature and World Travelling (the latter somewhat curtailed recently). I go to see different peoples, different wildlife and landscapes, and different ways of doing things – not McDonalds on every street corner, people dressed the same, and all speaking English. A charity I support is Survival International https://www.survivalinternational.org/ ]

  13. Cynic
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    Brilliant analysis of the new world order. One hopes other elected politicians are as aware of what is happening to our institutions.

    • J Bush
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:36 am | Permalink

      Agreed. Even some of the news outlets are starting to ask “were the Covid ‘conspiracy theorists’ right all along?”

  14. Nigl
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    Your government is no different. How did Dido Harding and the person before her who got the Test and Trace gig with no IT knowledge at all, through the chumocracy that infests the corridors of power without any accountability.

    Look at all the Quangos, NDAs etc predominantly left of centre from the cesspool of liberal elites who look down in the rest of us thinking they always know better.

    Look at their outpourings of angst and bitterness following Trumps conservative appointment to the Supreme Court.

    When Boris starts to challenge the expectation of these elites and appoint people more in tune with the majority starting with the BBC, I will believe that things are changing.

    Until then I think he will continue to be ‘in their pockets’.

    • Lynn Atkinson
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

      Sadly not Sir John’s Government. Write your letter to Boris.

  15. Everhopeful
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    Hang on! That explanation forgets one thing….
    The global elite actually ARE enforcing their ideas…THEY ARE DOING IT RIGHT NOW.
    Or did I dream that I was imprisoned in my house without food and that now there is no world out there? AND apparently they want to do it again. At Christmas.
    So where does Johnson stand in all this?
    Does his party understand what he is up to?
    Is anyone going to save us from a second Lockdown in line with Lockstep ( I believe that is the name for the above explanation?)?

  16. Sakara Gold
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    Well! I was greatly surprised to read this post coming from a member of the British Establishment.

    If there is such a thing as a global elite (and many would say that the very concept is a conspiracy theory) then apart from the bad things that you describe, they appear to have engineered a reasonably literate, well-fed and fairly prosperous global population of ~8 billion who can – thanks to Moores Law – use advanced technology to their benefit. And until the Chinese plague virus struck the world with a pandemic, fairly healthy – thanks to the discovery of antibiotics.

    Humans have had this discusion since the dawn of recorded history – the ancient greeks had a form of democracy, so did the Romans until Caesar introduced dictatorship. The divine right of kings to rule, the dictatorship of the proletariat, party politics, the kleptocracies, theocratic rule…all these systems of government have in turn, been tried. And as you say, often to our detriment.

    It was ever thus.

    • a-tracy
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:46 am | Permalink

      “well-fed” but we’re told this week Sakara Gold 1.4 million British children go without food and are starving, these children have to be fed at school on a school meals program even though we have a universal benefits system that pays around £400 per week for a single mother and two children and there are other top-up she can get to that. We’re told there is another big problem with childhood obesity so who are these children getting all the pies the other’s aren’t or is it that with all the ‘advanced technology’ in the world in ‘tiny little England’ as Andy refers to us we can’t teach people, we pay with benefits, how to look after the children they get the money for?

    • Sir Joe Soap
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:04 am | Permalink

      Progress was made by individuals and their independent ideas, not by people conforming to GDPR, equality and diversity rules.

      It was ever thus.

      • DavidJ
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

        +1

    • beresford
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:21 am | Permalink

      Technically Caesar didn’t introduce dictatorship. In times of emergency the Republic of Rome would suspend its normal system of governance and appoint a Dictator in order to get decisive leadership. The Dictator was supposed to relinquish power once the situation was resolved. As for the prosperous global population, I suggest that this came about through individual nation states and the efforts and ingenuity of their citizens rather than a single global social engineering project such as we are seeing now.

    • Martyn G
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 10:02 am | Permalink

      Seems to me that we are now pretty close to a new form of dictatorship. If you have not read Lord Sumption’s lecture to the Cambridge Freshers Annual Law lecture, it is well worth a read. In fact reading or watching it ought to be requirement for all MP – especially so because Parliament, since last March, has had little or no say in government and any Minister can now simply introduce a new Law without Parliamentary scrutiny.
      The opening paragraph says it all – “During the Covid-19 pandemic, the British state has exercised coercive powers over its citizens on a scale never previously attempted. It has taken effective legal control, enforced by the police, over the personal lives of the entire population: where they could go, whom they could meet, what they could do even within their own homes. For three months it placed everybody under a form of house arrest, qualified only by their right to do a limited number of things approved by ministers”.
      We are in a sinister place right now and one that it is hard to see the end of.

    • Mitchel
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

      Indeed,the Romans ostensibly kept the organs of the Roman Republic intact right to the very end with the demise of Constantinople in 1453-ie a Senate and twin consuls-But the Emperor was the Autocrat and Equal of the Apostles with unlimited power.

      The senators and consuls were,as Gibbon put it, :”at liberty to enjoy the undisturbed contemplation of their greatness.”

      Sound familiar?

    • NickC
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

      No, Sakara, it was not ever thus. Technology allied with a spiteful politically correct elite has spawned a degree of control of the multitude quite unique in history. All empires (civilisations) have been defined by their world views (I call them the “of course-isms” of the era). And the closer to reality a civilisation is the better it tends to do. But ours is unique in inverting many of the hitherto universal morals. The BBC ideal cannot last. So it won’t. But it may well bring down the rest of us with it.

    • Lynn Atkinson
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

      I managed to get the first official acknowledgement of The Bilderberg Group in a Government document in response to a complaint I submitted, so not a conspiracy theory at all.
      The Blob create nothing, it consumes everything.
      Now most people know it exists, and dislike it, it will be defeated.
      When it is defeated we will see it is comprised of people like Eichman – a strutting killer in the Reich and hardly capable of feeding themselves in the competitive world. Paper tigers.

      • glen cullen
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

        I’ve said for years that our government nor its employees should attend or be members of any group that makes decisions behind closed doors and doesn’t publish minutes

  17. Lifelogic
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    Indeed endless group think lunacy. As Gove put it:- “I think the people in this country have had enough of experts with organisations from acronyms saying that they know what is best and getting it consistently wrong.” We surely have.

    The BBC is for example wrong on almost everything. People with little understanding of science and realism seem unable to question the group think however daft and wrong it is.

    But then most people in the state sector do not really care if what they are doing makes any sense so long as they are well paid and have a good pension. They are as happy blocking the roads as they are organising building new ones.

    • NickC
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

      Lifelogic, I had to deal with a state sector organisation whose representative told me that getting the paperwork right was more important than the job.

      • Lynn Atkinson
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

        You could not make it up!

  18. bill brown
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:31 am | Permalink

    Sir JR

    Interesting argument and lots of good features and ieas. HOwever, the wealness here is that you have not really defined the so-called globa elite, before you begin your argument.

    • Edward2
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:59 am | Permalink

      Go on then bill.
      The stage is yours.

    • Ian @Barkham
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:18 am | Permalink

      Bilderberg Group comes to mind as that is exactly what they see of themselves the so-called global elite. This is a get together of the elected world political class and their mandarins, security experts, along with business leaders.

      All discussions are held in secret

      2019 meeting -A lot of names on the list, from all countries around the World some of the flavour of it below with names you might recognise – if Sir John permits,
      etc

      Reply Bilderberg is a meeting attended by members of the global elite but it is not the origin or source of power of all this and sometimes dissenters get in. The elites do have their own internal disagreements and factions, but the point I am making is on big issues like the Exchange Rate Mechanism or free movement of people or the climate change issue or responses to a virus there is general buy in to one outlook. The issue is who is recruited to a wide range of official positions in World quangos and in civil service and government advisory elites.

      • glen cullen
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

        +1

        ….and good reply

      • Ian @Barkham
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

        Reply to reply.

        The original concept of Bilderberg back in 1954 was a laudable proposition, a talking shop to bounce ideas around without recriminations on the world stage. Just like all secret clubs and the nature of those attending being self appointed but in position of influence it is right to question their purpose.

        However @Bill Brown questioned the so-called global elite, the question we all have is how can those that cant be challenged get to decide what is right or wrong. As someone else has said, science is now relegated to a guess until another theory comes along. Science is a transparent subject that gets its credibility from peer reviews.

        The real debate is how to make all things that have such a vast scope more transparent and open to criticism. Otherwise we will retract, disappear, pay for our existence twice over instead of advancing.

      • zorro
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

        All probably without question COMMON PURPOSE trained or connected with the relevant networks….

        zorro

      • Original Chris
        Posted October 29, 2020 at 10:32 am | Permalink

        Reply to Sir John: this quote from David Rockefeller at a Bilderberg gathering sums up exactly what the global elite have been pushing for over the decades, and are continuing to do so. They are indeed a very powerful force in our current situation: (note the role of the media in apparently aiding and abetting “the project”).

        David Rockefeller 1991

        “We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national determination practiced in past centuries.” (David Rockefeller, speaking at the June 1991, Bilderberg meeting in Baden-Baden, Germany June 1991.)

        http://www.ourrepubliconline.com/Quote/uqo

    • graham1946
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 10:17 am | Permalink

      Here’s a couple of easy clicks of the mouse – Common Purpose, Davos. There are many more. You can easily look things up for yourself.

    • NickC
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

      Bill Brown, That’s because JR’s piece discusses ideas rather than people. It is what is repeatedly done, and repeatedly got wrong, that is the point. The people change but the ideas seem to have a life of their own.

      • Lynn Atkinson
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

        Too complicated for Bull.
        Of course after the War the British maybe needed to believe that all fascism was embodied in Hitler, who was dead.
        They thus released this third attack (the EU) within a century. This time, as the Swedes wrote about the Germans and their subjugation ‘they came as friends’.

        • bill brown
          Posted October 28, 2020 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

          Lynn Atkinson

          You really need to take your medicine. All this German thinking is not good for you

  19. Gramp
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    I was once told by a scientist who studied, amongst other thing, changing weather patterns and CO2 that if he concluded anything significantly different from previous studies that he’d never be able to work again. This was about 15 years ago. I often think of this conversation when reading horror stories regarding climate change.
    Having read your blog I can see how influenced people may well be in other areas too.
    Great thought provoking article.

    • hefner
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:27 am | Permalink

      Anybody curious enough to look at what has been published over the last 15, 20, 25, 30 related to ‘weather patterns and CO2’ would quickly realise that the impact of greenhouse gases on the weather was practically not studied 15 years ago.

      Such studies trying to figure out what impact it could specifically have on strengthening the wind patterns or some regional seasonal patterns of temperature started to appear after 2010 mainly based on computer simulations with climate models (low horizontal resolution, extended simulation periods).

      The first so-called ‘attribution studies’ trying to link a particular event (enhanced tropical cyclones, persistent precipitation patterns and flooding, Australian drought, high latitude forest fires, …) only started to appear around 2015 using models originally designed for weather forecasts (high horizontal resolution, started from observed initial conditions, run for a couple of weeks at most).

      • Sharon Jagger
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

        Hefner

        Patrick Moore, the Canadian co-founder of Greepeace made a video about global warming and utterly discredited it with charts, physical evidence. My husband and I were spell bound.

        Global warming is a weapon for the globalists to use to achieve their goal. “We all live in this world.”

      • Edward2
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

        Weather patterns over 30 years is just a blink of an eye.

        Do you think the world will end in 12 years as XR do?

        • hefner
          Posted October 29, 2020 at 8:36 am | Permalink

          Edward2, Did you read what I wrote? My comment was about Gramp’s ‘15 years ago’ words pointing out that around 2005 no such studies had yet been published. Nothing more, nothing less.

          • Edward2
            Posted October 29, 2020 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

            I find that an odd claim as research into weather and climate has been going on for centuries.
            And more crucially research into the effects of greenhouse gases which led to the global warming theory has been going on since the 1970s

            PS I note no reply to my question.

          • hefner
            Posted November 6, 2020 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

            Well I am afraid I have to conclude you are unable to make the difference between a climate simulation (indeed started in the 1960s, Manabe & Moeller, 1961, Manabe & Wetherald, 1975, and many in between these dates, and obviously subsequently) usually run till a new balance is obtained (which can be over several years, decades, centuries, depending which physical phenomena are actually simulated) and reruns of weather forecast models (over 10-, 30- or 90-days) checking whether an increased CO2 concentration could have had an impact of the position, direction, strength of the winds, the amount and position of rainfall (or drought events), the geographical position and amplitude of diurnal cycle of temperature, …

            First type (and subsequent General Circulation Models of Climate) was to see the impact of increase in GHGs on future climates. Second type is to try to figure out/attribute particular weather events to a change in overall atmospheric, land surfaces, ocean conditions potentially linked to these increases in GHGs. Contrary to what you appear to think, that’s not the same thing, and is a much more recent line of (weather forecast) research.

            As for your ‘question’ about Extinction Rebellion, do I care about them, no certainly not. Do I care if in South of France temperatures at midday can go to over 40C for several days in a row in summer and do not go much below 30C at night? Yes very much.

  20. Jiminyjim
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    What you have written, Sir John, applies far more to our Civil Service, which controls every part of our lives, than to our Central Bank, which influences only a part. I’m sure you’re aware of this, but the time has come to call it out and take action to ensure that we now choose more entrepreneurial types in government. What would have happened in the commercial world if a major agreed structural change like Brexit had still not been finalised four and a half years after the decision was taken? I think we all know. In our Civil Service, those responsible get given knighthoods. Time to drain the swamp is long over

  21. Pat
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    Good morning Sir John,

    You hit the nail on the head.

    Dismantling the pedagocracy is a monumental task.

    The best place to start can be described in three letters:

    BBC

    • glen cullen
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

      Spot on

  22. Lifelogic
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    A new report authored by Baroness Doreen Laurence and commissioned by the Labour Party has found that the disease has thrived among minority communities because of “inequalities driven by structural racism”.

    What complete and utter drivel identities politics drivel from the Labour Party. It is just the places people live, the types jobs they do, possible differences in susceptibility (vitamin D levels and the likes perhaps). The idea it has anything to do with ‘structural racism’ is moronic and evil politics. As one has come to expect of the left. The evil politics of envy, identity and grievance does nothing but harm.

    • a-tracy
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:41 am | Permalink

      I thought a much higher % of workers in the health service were BAME, many of these high level, high paid specialists and many sadly were affected in the first wave of the virus when the scientists and chief medics didn’t know how to treat Covid19 and the treatments weren’t right.
      I read yesterday BAME are disproportionately employed in transport front-facing work, I don’t know whether this is true but this needs balancing in London if this is the case.
      I think the researchers need to look at the activities of these higher-risk groups (inc spiking white groups), parties in the park, mass gatherings throughout covid most nights, masses at the beach, the large protests people weren’t keeping their contacts down to a minimum and a high % were not wearing masks on public transport which then put the drivers and transport staff at risk.
      It will never get properly investigated the media and the ‘global elite’ want this narrative to continue.

      • Original Richard
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

        a-Tracy : “I read yesterday BAME are disproportionately employed in transport front-facing work, I don’t know whether this is true but this needs balancing in London if this is the case.”

        Are you suggesting that a proportion of BAME workers for London Transport should be sacked and replaced by caucasians?

        The opposite to how the BBC are proceeding?

        Do you think all jobs should now be allocated according to racial proportions, and, if so, how would you go about this task?

        • a-tracy
          Posted October 29, 2020 at 9:07 am | Permalink

          No, I don’t suggest sacking anyone, job vacancies occur all the time and diversity panels should be balanced to the local population balance, why would you read it that way?

          • Original Richard
            Posted October 31, 2020 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

            So “diversity panels” (who would be appointing/selecting/paying these people?) would be taking local population balance into account rather than suitability for a job.

            I hope this idea doesn’t start to be applied to the consultants and surgeons working in the local hospital, to take one example but it could happen if the current trend towards a Mao Zedong Cultural Revolution continues.

    • Mike Durrans
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:45 am | Permalink

      Here here! Well said Sir

    • DavidJ
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

      +1

  23. Mike Wilson
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    I’m baffled. Can you provide a list of people in this ‘global elite’? Is there a central organisation that stipulates what the rest of us are to do? When we elect a government, how does the ‘global elite’ control them?

    • a-tracy
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:35 am | Permalink

      To me Mike the central organisations are the ones that advise Governments they need to sign up to all sorts of agreements that then bind their hands and forces the Populus to accept things the majority don’t agree to.

    • Sir Joe Soap
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:50 am | Permalink

      I believe a list was published a couple of years ago, centred around Bilderberg group. I believe Osborne was there – hence flitting between jobs in journalism, politics and broadcasting despite no obvious working experience in them and a total failure of judgement ref Brexit and its economic outcome.
      Our host, meanwhile, was absent, despite judgements with a far better track record.

      Explain please.

    • Wil Pretty
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:54 am | Permalink

      Power corrupts.
      Once in a position of power a person will adopt a strategy of risk avoidance.
      Groupthink is the result.

      • glen cullen
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

        Correct – Group-think is a philosophy thats endemic in an office, department, business, government and global elite

    • beresford
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:06 am | Permalink

      Why is the United Nations encouraging mass migration into western countries? Why did a UN representative recently tell some MPs that we need to ‘de-homogenise’ our country? Why is our Prime Minister ending speeches in Parliament with the same slogan as Joe Biden, ‘Build Back Better’? If these ideas don’t come from a person or group of people, where do they come from? Alien mindbenders from outer space?

      • Mike Durrans
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

        + 1

      • a-tracy
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

        +1

      • Original Richard
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

        Yes, and note that Mrs. May when PM signed the UK up to the UN Global Compact for Migration for “safe orderly and REGULAR migration” without I think a vote in Parliament let alone a referendum or any wider consultation on the issue.

    • IanT
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:13 am | Permalink

      By contributing very large amounts to their Party coffers…be that a Hedge Fund or Union Boss…

    • Christine
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:59 am | Permalink

      Start with the Bilderberg Group, the EU and the UN. These groups get Government’s to sign up to international agreement like the UN Global Compact, The Climate Accord, the European Court of Human Rights. None of these agreements or courts have ever been put to the democratic vote and we the people are powerless to influence or remove them. Democracy is only an illusion to keep the people in check. When has any Government ever implemented their manifesto? They get in power then follow a different agenda. Also look at the Davos Group.

      • DavidJ
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

        +1

    • Anonymous
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 10:43 am | Permalink

      global elite

      ….
      elite is nor the right word to use.
      Surely the princes of Zoan are fools; Pharaoh’s wise counselors give foolish counsel.

    • glen cullen
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

      27 EU Commissioners controlling 446 million people

      They set the stage, they point the direction, they management process

      But they allow you to believe you’re in charge by giving you a vote and a parliament…meaningless

      They’re in plain sight in the shadows

      • Lynn Atkinson
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

        The African Union have done even better, they did not even have to consult the population. A single currency and no borders is in train.

        • glen cullen
          Posted October 28, 2020 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

          Also with one leader and one religion

          A union not a brotherhood

  24. Andy
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    You are the elite.

    • a-tracy
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:32 am | Permalink

      John, have you been to the Davos or Bilderberg conferences, said to be the World’s most elite conferences?

      Reply Never invited

    • Anonymous
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:41 am | Permalink

      You are the elite.


      Shut up Andy.

    • Sir Joe Soap
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:54 am | Permalink

      If the definition is to have power over people without significant independent intellect, predictive ability or judgement, our host isn’t of the elite.

      Look more closely at the folk running the institutions- NHS, BBC, now creeping down into the National Trust. That’s where the tentacles are growing.

    • Pominoz
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 11:23 am | Permalink

      Andy,

      Glad you recognise Sir John’s unique attributes.

      And he even has a little respect for the older generation.

    • NickC
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

      No, Andy, the global elite hold certain ideas to be unquestionable. As do you. JR holds neither those ideas which he lists, nor the concept that they are unquestionable. For example you want the EU elite to remain in power over the UK, we don’t.

    • Lynn Atkinson
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

      JR certainly is the elite, the rest are ‘elitists’. Stark difference.

    • Fedupsoutherner
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

      Andy your comment shows you haven’t got a clue.

  25. Maylor
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    A great post.

    But I wonder how many of Sir John’s colleagues share his views ?

    • Lynn Atkinson
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

      More than you think. They lack courage. When there is a bandwagon, they will all jump onto it.

      • Fred H
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

        as I’ve said many times – H of C sheep.

  26. middle ground
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    This post is a true example of populism; the idea that there are simple solutions to complex problems. This is written by someone who has been part of the ‘global elite’ for 30+ years and benefited greatly from it.

    Reply I have not said there are simple solutions, but I did make the right calls on all the damaging economic policies I cite.

    • Sir Joe Soap
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:58 am | Permalink

      This is complete rubbish. The solutions aren’t simple, but they are different.
      You think applying an effective border force is easy?
      You think setting up our own systems to replace the EU dogma is easy?
      You think turning over to direct democracy is easy?

      • Andy
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

        In 2016 the quittlings told us everything was easy. This being the case why is your quittling government so pathetically bad at everything? It is – by far – the least competent government of my lifetime. And the quittling government before this one was the second least competent government of my lifetime. The link? Quittlings in charge.

        • Edward2
          Posted October 29, 2020 at 8:48 am | Permalink

          Leaving the EU is easy.
          It is the remainer elite that have from day one done their best to thwart frustrate and delay it from happening.
          People like you Andy.

          • hefner
            Posted October 30, 2020 at 10:27 am | Permalink

            Oh please, tell me that the EU Commission, Council, Parliament and M. Barnier have been making the negotiations difficult, this yes, but stop using the ‘remainer elite’ trope.

            Leave that one to people who have nothing much better to do and are keen on ‘the stab in the back’ story so praised in some other places in the 1920s. You are being led by the nose, and I would have thought you better than falling for such a simplistic flim-flam. But maybe I overestimate you.

          • Edward2
            Posted October 31, 2020 at 8:39 am | Permalink

            Where is the movement in negotiations from the EU side?

            There is a remainer elite.

            You must be blind not to realise it.

  27. Harry
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    Couldn’t agree more. 2020 is the year when the institutions have failed us like no other year. We need enquiries into what has gone on with the ridiculous covid debacle, the money printing, the financial profiteering, the massive payoffs to big business- especially big pharma. We need far less central control in our lives- politicians do not know best and nor do their dubuious “experts”.

    • Ian @Barkham
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:57 am | Permalink

      sort of +1 – who would handle the enquiries, who would be the experts called

      • Lynn Atkinson
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

        The highest court in the land will decide. The People. They need to have an alternative. Or they can’t express themselves.

    • NickC
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

      Harry, Spot on.

  28. oldtimer
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    Brilliant post.

    As the late Professor Feynman once said: the so called laws of science are just guesses until some one comes up with a better guess. And every decision in life, private and personal or public and pervasive rests on judgements/guesses about the issues thought likely to be relevant or influential in the eventual outcome that is sought. Into this world of uncertainty every professional body has an abundance of arcane criteria to be deployed to argue their cause. The international bodies you describe provide the perfect platform to promote the agenda they wish to impose on the rest of us.

  29. Ian Kaye
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    I would suggest that people read the speech made by the head of the international monetary fund there a couple of weeks ago. It is a classic example of of taking all the “right” boxes to which Sir John refers in this article.

  30. Ian Kaye
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    ticking

    • cynic
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:33 am | Permalink

      Taking and ticking. The ticking enables them to take.

  31. Sharon Jagger
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    JR

    Thank you for writing this today. I think more and more people are waking up to what is going on around them. Looking at the Sustainable Project – a lot of it is nonsense. Reading Zac Goldsmith’s speech in July, for example, , one might be forgiven for thinking we’d had a comet land on earth that has caused some major affliction that needs sorting.

    And the irony is all the massive contradictions in the ideology…..I’ll just pop to ….. in my private jet to talk about electric cars (which are harmful to the eco system) to save the earth. Or how we must heat our house with a heat pump which kicks out half the heat of a gas boiler and costs twice as much, so we can then insist people lag their house so much they (the house) will no longer ‘breathe’. And if we run out of electricity we can get their heating and car charger switched off. Yeah, that’s sounds fine.

    Their arrogance and short sightedness is breath taking and utterly scary that these so called ‘elite’ can wield so much power with no come-back.

    I agree we need to challenge them more, but how? They’re blooming everywhere!

    This is like fighting to leave the EU x10

  32. Alan Paul Joyce
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    Dear Mr. Redwood,

    A superb blog from you today.

    As suggested by @Mark B, I would like to see a little more direct democracy here in the UK. Alas, I fear it will never happen. Just look at the ‘elites’ horrified reaction to the holding of the EU referendum let alone the result. They said that the masses should not be allowed to decide on complex issues; that they were too stupid and ignorant; that they were incapable of arriving at the ‘right’ decision.

    The global elite have their hands on the levers of power and are intent on keeping it that way. We are not edging towards a post democratic world; we are hurtling towards it at full speed.

    Your article has captured in a few paragraphs how many of the institutions and organisations here in the UK have been infiltrated by this ‘one size fits all groupthink’ and have become dysfunctional in the process. Just look at the BBC.

    • Sir Joe Soap
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:43 am | Permalink

      Thankfully we had Nigel.

    • Ian @Barkham
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:55 am | Permalink

      +1

    • Lifelogic
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:01 am | Permalink

      With more direct democracy we would surely never have joined the EU, the ERM, the EURO, or had the millenium dome, or Blair’s disastrough Wars, HS2, the insane expensive energy agenda and war on plant food and many other disasters. We would surely have far less state and far lower taxes if asked to vote on taxation levels. We might even get police who dealt with real crimes for a change.

      Ask the public would you like to keep more of your own money and spend it how you think best or have the goverment take more of it, waste half and give you a bit back in the for of vouchers for insulation, school dinners or second rate & rationed services like the NHS/duff degrees or the likes?

      We see much of this in the Swiss model.

      • DavidJ
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

        Indeed LL but don’t forget Blair’s disastrous devolution, likely inspired by the EU to finish off the UK.

        • Lifelogic
          Posted October 29, 2020 at 8:39 am | Permalink

          Indeed. A disastrous and hugely unfair arrangement that causes huge problems and tend to lead in one direction only.

  33. Caterpillar
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    On the settled views of economics, I would go back to Labour rejecting Douglas’s Social Credit Theory in the 1930s. Although there is fair criticism of Douglas’s accounting the overarching view of the primacy of physical resources and democracy that should be enabled by the economic/financial system seems reasonable. What we have is the primacy of the economic/financial system under which political parties operate. This is a big redesign.

    • Caterpillar
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 11:55 am | Permalink

      Pedagocracy – no thank you.
      Andragocracy – perhaps.

  34. agricola
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    The natural progression would appear to be , Organisations, Countries, Empires, the World. It is all a matter of controlling the aortas of all the above. The current means appear to be Bilderberg, Davos, an assortment of G numbers and control of the money flow from individuals to very large entities. The latter efforts are visible, but beyond that one needs hard intelligence to support the suspicions. I do not subscribe to the view that Covid 19 is a tool to effect the end, but it does highlight some of the possibilities. Criminality would seem to thrive in the gaps. Watch this space.

  35. Anonymous
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Very interesting article.

  36. Sir Joe Soap
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    It’s worth us looking into why the impact of China (supposed climate impact, virus, human rights, trade imbalance) is ignored by the global elite.
    Is their plan to impose a similar system here?

  37. Javelin
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    When communism was new people said the same thing.

    • Anonymous
      Posted October 29, 2020 at 7:16 am | Permalink

      Reports from North Korea of Christians being tortured as your only allowed to worship the fat slob.

  38. Ian @Barkham
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    Sir John

    As others have said WOW. A deep subject that through the indoctrination and control of the People is nigh on impossible to find a peaceful way to advance.

    It is human nature to protect what we have and have achieved. That instinct extends to the creation and intrenchment of the Political Class/Elite where their first order of the day is to shield themselves and their mandarin’s from the people. This isn’t done by governing for the people or listening and hearing the people, but fighting, controlling and manipulating them.

    The big flaw is when we talk democracy, we the people see government by the people for the people. While our government sees it is the people that are the threat and democracy to them is a system to manipulate and control using our money against us.

  39. hefner
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    Democracy: which type of it? The liberal or the illiberal flavour? What is your preferred flavour?
    And seeing what a mess you are making mixing up all the issues/crises from the ‘70s onwards (as if their causes had always been the same) I can only suspect that what you might get is a pretty dark ‘flavour of the day’: Rocky Road or Maryland Mud anybody?

  40. The Prangwizard
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    This has been good to read but to be wholly credible it must be admitted that the present Tory party is part of the problem.

    It tolerates no democratic criticism and does everything it can to destroy such oppostion when it arises and it must be said our host is a supporter of such actions. He has also said he will never leave the party because he does not wish to be lonely. He was happy to impose it on others.

    Remember.the actions against UKIP?

  41. Chris Dark
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    One world order, one world government, one world religion….all the things that people laughed at years ago when others brought them up for discussion. They’re not laughing now. The networks have been in place for a very long time, carefully threading their way through every facet of our lives. Now they are bold and, believing they have won and are invincible, are showing their hand with great confidence. We will have only one opportunity to make our escape and we are now in that time-frame. It will not, however, be violence-free.

    • Fedupsoutherner
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

      These networks have been in place for centuries. One of the biggest group of ‘elites’ are the Catholic Church. The amount of violence abd death associated with it even today is breath taking.

      • Fred H
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

        and lots of authors working on religious thrillers as we write…

    • Sharon Jagger
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

      Chris

      I read in TCW about a one world religion…

      Which would that be? I can’t see most religious people giving up theirs. Though I wonder about our Archbishop of Canterbury sometimes – he’s too political for my liking. And there’s definitely been a worldwide assault on Christianity.

  42. SecretPeople
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    Excellent. Well said, Sir John.

  43. Newmania
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Leave lost the economic debate. Economists, City analysts, the OECD, the Bank of England the Treasury, et al, dismissed their case as superficial rhetoric. The populist response was ..“They are calling you stupid …” throw some sand around and hey presto , black and white became dingy grey.
    ‘Herd immunity’, an idea which exists due to the necessity to pay for Brexit`s concealment, is out of time. An authoritative study out yesterday, showed indisputably, that post infection immunity degrades in months. So even if you were happy to see half a million dead; there is no end there.
    The vaccine news on the other hand is fantastic. Results show a much stronger immune response without side effects. There is every reason to hope the killer can be killed next year. Meanwhile deaths are going up fast. So what are State`s desperate propogandists reduce to? See above.
    “Experts “ ….. ” facts “ knowledge . All of it is just a class insult, a conspiracy a “Point of view”.
    When it comes to staying alive, however, we are all quite capable of distinguishing between a ‘point of view’ and a load of rubbish.

    • zorro
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

      Authoritative study? Not a clue – You clearly do not understand what herd immunity is in practice. Is there herd immunity to the flu? Is there a vaccine for the flu? How long for? Herd immunity amongst the strong protects the weaker members until we can get to an endemic equilibrium. What do you think happened to SARS1 and MERS? Was there a vaccine? Do you get it now? The only one we have managed to eradicate completely is smallpox. We cannot destroy the economy and our country like a modern-day Ozymandias!

      zorro

      zorro

      • zorro
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

        You also do not understand about T cell immunity amongst other ways in which our immune system is able to remember and fight repeated infections….

        Surely you understand that antibodies degrade after most infections have gone and some people produce very few antibodies but are still able to fight off infection with their immune system.

        zorro

        • Newmania
          Posted October 28, 2020 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

          So we should t encourage everyone to rush out and catch Heptitus B or kill as many kids as it takes with Meningitis.
          Good plan
          A study of 365000 people with antibodies has fallen by 26% since lockdown was eased over the summer. We also know as a fact you can be rei-nfected quickly.

          . At this stage too few studied example to draw general conclusions , reinfection has been both mild and severe .It strongly suggests ( says Professor Helen Ward, one of the researchers ) that herd immunity is unachievable.”( but you know best …ha ha )

          Ok so when you get infected the first body reaction is like a bloke coming out and blasting away with a blunderbuss at an intruder . Non specific but often effective .So an infection itself can often not create long term specific defence against itself especially in those who beat it quickly.( So the young cannot protect the old by getting it )

          A vaccine accentuates the “Hey look at me look who I am and make you sure you get the right weapon out “ factor ( something to do with protein walls and other stuff ) . Most importantly it mimics long term infection creating the memory cells not the come out blasting effect .
          So it is well known that vaccines are certainly capable of ( and often are ) better at creating defences than the infection itself there are lots of examples .
          That is exactly what the results seem to be showing .
          On the question of the whether the infection itself maybe producing a weak short lived anti body effect but a stronger or normal memory cell effect. My understanding is that this is unlikely based on comparisons with other viruses acting in the same way
          If you have any evidence to the contrary please mention it if you have understood thus far which I frankly doubt

          • Edward2
            Posted October 29, 2020 at 9:02 am | Permalink

            Tell us how many have been re infected.

            Even if the T cells fail to stop the virus infecting you there is a good chance that the infection will be less severe.

          • zorro
            Posted October 29, 2020 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

            Your response is a good example of what JR is talking about. You completely avoided my points on endemic equilibrium, SAR1 and MERS, and proceeded to accuse of effectively rushing people to catch Hepatitis B. Rather odd behaviour.

            Apparently there have been 5 reinfections out of 10’s of millions, but they have not been proved and could have been the reactivation of a recently dormant virus. That’s called an outlier.

            i’d not said anything about vaccines. There is also plenty of evidence from other diseases of T cell immunity or ‘memory cell effect’ if you care to look. Seek and you will find Newmania, see and you will find….. perhaps consider a variety of expert views and studies and not Mat Hang Kok, our Dreaded Health Commissar.

            Ty and be reasoned in your comments and then even little me can follow them 🙂

            zorro

    • Edward2
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

      It wasnt about trade.
      It is about a desire to be an independent nation.

    • No Longer Anonymous
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

      Previous flu vaccines have only a 50% success rate. Which is unlikely to be enough for people who say that a 0.025% kill rate (as I hear CV-19 is today) warrants a civilisation destroying lockdown.

      • Martin in Cardiff
        Posted October 29, 2020 at 11:17 am | Permalink

        Do the little sum.

        Eight percent of the UK population, around five million people, have been infected according to ONS testing survey. About sixty thousand are dead from it.

        That’s a mortality of rather more than one-in-a-hundred, or about fifty times higher than you wrongly claim.

        • Edward2
          Posted October 29, 2020 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

          And over 90% of deaths have been over 80s with poor health and other people with very serious co morbidities.
          Your statistics are from the first wave where the old and very ill were hit.

          The current situation shows out of new cases far less people becoming seriously ill.
          The survival rate is also near to 100%

  44. Bryan Harris
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Well done Sir, for putting that into print</b?

    At least one decent MP has grasped an inkling of what is going on behind the scenes — Why similar policies / responses to issues, are carried out around the world, with no innovative contributions.

    That government is so willing to give its power to the un-elected and unaccountable is but one tiny part of the problem facing us. MOST Quangos must be closed down for several reasons.

    Those at the top of the banking tree manipulate us all, especially governments, that appear to be all too willing to follow orders on certain aspects of life — SURELY governments would be better off if the civil service was not so entwined with this new world order….. It is our political establishment that needs to watered down, reinvigorated and re-aligned with a national perspective – That’s a major task, to take out the rot from within.

    It would help to have a true direct democracy to stop the government signing treaties that we all can see are wrong, or to change legislation that turns us into politically correct zombies….. Certainly, we have reached the effectiveness of parliamentary government that was designed for an age that has passed us by.

    • Mark B
      Posted October 29, 2020 at 4:45 am | Permalink

      +1

  45. BJC
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    The evidence has been there for years, but will always be denied by those who have benefitted on an industrial scale. Perhaps the way to escape the grip of the global elites is to stop our love affair them, but it won’t happen because the benefits to membership of this closed shop are far too great.

    To start a longer-term recalibration process, we could introduce a policy of investing in strengthening our domestic markets, but the minute there’s strength, success and profit the global organisations will infiltrate and our investment becomes dead money. On a far smaller scale, few sensible people would pay a mortgage for decades watching their equity rise, then sell the asset to start the process over again at inflated cost, or rent their asset back, yet governments do this with impunity. To protect taxpayer funded investments in our future across the generations, it would be necessary to set up a robust system that ensures future governments are held to account, but I imagine this is an alien concept to the self-interested establishment wonks.

  46. Original Chris
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    It is time that this “universocracy” was destroyed, not just made accountable. President Trump for the last almost 4 years has been systematically exposing the very grave problems this system has inflicted on countries and their peoples, and he has been working to put in place an alternative system.

    The globalist cabal have been working for decades to put in place their one world government/NWO, and then suddenly President Trump came along and interrupted their takeover. Huge power and wealth (many trillions) are at stake. That alone explains their ruthless and relentless opposition to P Trump and the repeated efforts to take him down and destroy him.

    What many people do not realise is that the CCP have apparently been working with the corrupt globalists to take down America. The connections between the radical Left Democrats in the USA and China are being slowly exposed. America was being sold out to the highest bidder under the last administration, as part of the goal to destroy America as a world power, and hence open the route up for one world government, with the dominant power being China.

    This global government would be run on Marxist principles (check UN Agenda 21 and 2030 if you are in any doubt, or The Great Reset being pushed by the WEF and Gates) which is no coincidence. The supranational block, the EU, was an integral part of this one world government agenda. Gorbachev saw exactly what was going on, even though our own politicians were apparently unaware, when he expressed his astonishment as to why Europe was intent on creating another Soviet Union, in the form of the EU, when they had only just got rid of the last one.

    The sources of this huge wealth funding the corrupt globalists are being slowly cut off by President Trump – endless wars generating huge wealth for the military industrial complex, and generating huge fear in the population; countries and entities/families/individuals profiting from arms and people trafficking including children sex trafficking, drug trafficking, with money laundering apparently through Foundations and certain “Charities”; global scams such as the climate change agenda which generates trillions for “bad actors”. The list goes on.

    I believe that P Trump, in his second term, will be revealing much of what has been going on in global politics. The West is going to be shocked and I believe that at last our own politicians will be forced to wake up. The cosy status quo will be no longer.

  47. bigneil(newercomp)
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Off topic – as usual

    John, what is your comments on the news report that says the tanker at the Isle of Wight was refused port entry in France AND Spain?
    Then chugged its merry way here, where seven criminals “suddenly appeared” and are now happily on British soil waiting to move their whole family here for a life on our taxes. Why are we getting criminal after criminal, dragging this country downwards and backwards, etc ed? – – When we were promised ( we all know it was lies) doctors, surgeons and scientists??

    Can anyone in Westminster tell the truth?

    • The Prangwizard
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

      We need to know the name of the person who authorised it and them to get here. But will we? Of course not. We are the plebs, not deserving of such.

    • Everhopeful
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

      No they are incapable.

      It really does look as if “ The Great Reset “ is being “Lockstepped” with “The Great Replacement”.

      What will they do with us?

      • zorro
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

        Time for you to be quarantined Everhopeful….

        zorro

    • Mary M.
      Posted October 29, 2020 at 3:24 am | Permalink

      Whatever the ghastly circumstances that they are fleeing from, it is essential that the seven hijackers of the tanker are returned. If they are not, further hijackings will take place. Luckily this time no member of the crew lost his life.

  48. glen cullen
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    Sir John, I concur with your words….now lets get out of the EU, WHO, UN, G7

    Trade bodies good – Political/Economic bodies bad

    • Lynn Atkinson
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

      +1. We need one of our own in Downing Street.

    • Mike Durrans
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

      +1

    • Fred H
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

      yep.

  49. harvey
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    Am taking some time out until after this chaotic mad US election- I don’t know why in these times people cannot vote online? I do all of my banking and other business online and it’s quite safe to do so- so don’t understand why voting cannot be the same

    • Lynn Atkinson
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

      Nobody knows who is pressing the button? Or maybe with a gun to the head?

      • Mike Durrans
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

        +1

      • harvey
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

        Nobody knows who is sending the postal votes either or in my case
        exactly who is pushing the button on my banking business or when I purchase online but that is why there are passwords and security checks. In the case of the US if a 24 hour period were allotted for everyone to vote online, even with their 500 million guns, I don’t think voting online could be corrupted and to be sure to be sure it could be backed by postal voting.

        • Edward2
          Posted October 29, 2020 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

          What difference does a password make if you are being put under pressure?
          The only way to ensure a free and fair election is for a person to turn up in person and vote in complete secrecy.
          In a booth on their own
          PS
          I accept there are reasons for postal ballots but these must be kept to a minimum and monitored carefully.

  50. Everhopeful
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Much of this wokery has been disseminated through mega corporations over many years.
    Who allowed such monopolies to build up? I believe there were plenty of warnings.
    Now we can not take our business elsewhere. We are stuck with supermarkets and vast companies which have subsumed small companies and often discontinued products.
    Eventually when all is done through payment systems we will be fully controlled.
    See how the supermarkets are loving limiting items.
    We have no choice now where and what we buy.
    Especially since Johnson has destroyed all the small shops!

    In the 1980s a sales rep said to me after a particular merger had taken place “ One day you will get everything from such a company…banking, insurance..everything!” The thought was laughable then. I wonder where he had heard that though??

  51. AndyC
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Excellent speech by Lord Sumption last night on the abuse of executive power and the failure of parliament to do anything about it. It deserves the widest possible readership!

    https://www.privatelaw.law.cam.ac.uk/events/CambridgeFreshfieldsLecture

    https://resources.law.cam.ac.uk/privatelaw/Freshfields_Lecture_2020_Government_by_Decree.pdf

    • No Longer Anonymous
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

      OUTSTANDING speech.

      I urge all to watch it.

    • boffin
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

      Agreed, and thanks to AndyC for drawing attention to it.

  52. Original Chris
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    President Trump explains who this global elite are in one of his finest speeches, a campaign speech in 2016. It is on youtube entitled “This video will get Trump elected”.

    It is 5 minutes of pure gold, in that it sums up exactly what is going on in global politics, who is controlling the movement towards one world government and the destruction of America, and what he, candidate Trump, is going to do about it, by bringing “power back to the people”.

    He is well on the way to doing that, and his second term (which I fervently pray he will win) will have enormous consequences for the Western world: restoring our freedom and taking back the levers of power from the Marxist globalists.

    • James Bertram
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

      +1 Fascinating. Thanks.

  53. Bob Dixon
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    Cheer your selves up.

    Read Labour not Lockdown by Brendan Chilton on Guido Fawkes today.

  54. kenneth
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    At least we are leaving the eu.

    The next step is to dismantle the propaganda machine: the media + the educational establishment who have brainwashed a large minority. The BBC needs to be privatised. Education should be be geared to work, not philosophy, arts or politics.

    We then need to abolish or relegate many of the quangos with any services they provided (that were any use) either left to a free market or brought under democratic control. We also need to remove public money from charities which put out political campaigns.

    We then need to reduce public spending and let people spend their own money.

    We then need to review all international treaties and agreements and do as much as possible to renegotiate them so that democratic wishes are not overidden.

    All the while we need to free up markets and remove as much regulation as possible.

    We need to give a voice and power back to the majority by removing power from the unelected.

    • Lynn Atkinson
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

      +1 We need a real Conservative in Downing St.

    • Mark B
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

      We should have left over two years ago !

  55. formula57
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    I am shocked by what you write today, less so by your actual remarks and more by the fact it is you who is making them. It is though affirmation of how wise I am to be a Redwoodista.

    Coincidentally, yesterday I began re-reading Alasdair MacIntyre’s excellent book on Marcuse and was struck as I had not been before by a few lines explaining Marcuse’s Marxist perspective on Nazism, being: –

    “Where liberalism had been the characteristic doctrine of a capitalist free-market economy to which all state intervention is alien, totalitarian – by which Marcuse meant Nazi or Fascist – thought was the characteristic doctrine of a capitalist free-market economy which has had to invite the state to politicize the whole of life in order to subjugate criticism and to prevent action to abolish the free-market economy.”

    Whilst the Marxist notion that liberalism and totalitarianism are both just political expressions of the class interests of the bourgeoisie can be repudiated, the contemporary global elite may well be politicizing the whole of life to promote their notions of globalization. The more things change….!

  56. PB
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    I just have to add my “Well Said”

  57. James Bertram
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    Martin, I’m actually in some agreement here!
    The WTO, Central Banks, the EU, the UN are perhaps those Sir John is referring to. It is a fascinating post. He clearly states that this system has been in existence before 1973. So he is not just referring to the (named rich men ed) of this world; and perhaps not to the infiltration of educational establishments post-WW2 with economic and cultural marxists?. Thus it is perhaps something that has come out of the post-WW2 restructuring? Or is it earlier than that; much earlier, even? But who has constructed this system, who are the powers behind it, is it ‘masonic’ in nature? Some fascinating questions.
    Sir John, I really hope you can elaborate on some of these ideas here, and your world view.

    • Sharon Jagger
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

      James

      I think it was on the WEF website Klaus what’s his name described the time after the WW2 as a new world order, and now this is the time for a further new world order.

      My history knowledge is lacking so I didn’t fully understand what he meant. (Post WW1)

  58. Man of Kent
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    Well said sir !
    There are so many of them and when they produce a first rate cock up they never get sacked.

    Take Professor Whitty who was responsible for COVID type contingency planning.
    There was no planning , no PPE, no learning from others who had experienced SARS/Mers, just blind panic.
    I thought he had been sacked.
    No, PHE were scrapped only to be incorporated into a bigger QUANGO still who now need £1 billion for a new HQ.
    Whitty was not sacked for his pathetic non- performance he is brought back to give even more duff advice.
    My heart sank when Boris stuck with him and Vallance .
    In consequence he is parroting their unquestionable ‘science’ with support from Ferguson in the background .
    They all seem bound up in executing a set of ideas that has failed on first contact with the enemy.
    No commonsense, no confidence ,no vote for such people again .

    • a-tracy
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

      “PHE were scrapped only to be incorporated into a bigger QUANGO still who now need £1 billion for a new HQ.” What!??

      If ‘working from home’ was so successful wouldn’t you think they’d lead on this with employees in every region able to feedback information from every region. Perhaps even actual people we (the public) could elect based on their cvs because the recruitment agencies just don’t seem to be able to get this right without paying out more millions in diversity training.

      I thought Professor Whitty was retirement age and he would just be someone useful to be unpopular then to retire off but he’s only 54!

  59. Original Chris
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    O/T, but so important to the people of this country:

    “SAGE experts predict entire UK will be locked down by DECEMBER as they warn second wave ‘lampshade’ will be deadlier than first with 500 deaths a day within weeks” D Mail today.

    Please, Sir John, can you and other sensible Tory MPs put an end to this nonsense? In so doing you might, just might, save this country from bankruptcy and save livelihoods and lives.

    • Everhopeful
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

      +1

    • No Longer Anonymous
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

      +1

      • Anonymous
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

        +1

  60. Pat
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Abso—-lutely.
    Apart from the problems you correctly identify U can supply two more.
    50% of young people get a degree signifying that they are part of an elite. That is vastly too many to be an actual elite and leads to conflict as all for to be in the top 5%, a more realistic number.
    Which the skin with my second point. There is a large number of people, often those in the top 50% but not the top 5%, who know Danny well that the current system isn’t working but have no idea why. They are prone to push any different idea they hear of without any knowledge of what helps and what doesn’t. Hence instruction rebellion, BLM and Antifa amongst others.

  61. ian
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Who are they, I have them in my own family?

    • Lynn Atkinson
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

      Me too!

  62. Jack Falstaff
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    What amuses me is that the message-bearers of Group-think consistently try to tell their interlocutors that they, the willing consumers of their propaganda, are somehow more intelligent and gifted with unique insight, whereas those who might disagree are obviously bordering on the retarded.
    This is a technique frequently used by your average door-to-door salesman.
    Why should that be?
    Because he takes you for a successfully brainwashed MUG that is not only ripe for first buying his sales-pitch, but also foolish enough thence to buy his lousy products.

  63. glen cullen
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    Why are we spending £205bn on nuclear weapons when a single virus can destroy of country ?

    Why are we spending £106bn on HS2 when the new policy is to work local or from home ?

    Why are we spending £15bn on foreign aid to develop 3rd world economies just to allow their work-force to illegally migrant across our borders ?

    Why are we spending £10+bn on Track & Trace when the data shows those likely to die from the virus are the elderly and infirmed ?

    Lets spend the £336bn on social care and target our resources at care homes

    • Lynn Atkinson
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

      Let’s not borrow £336bn!

      • Mike Durrans
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

        + 1

      • glen cullen
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

        Agree – don’t spend it, don’t collect it in taxes

    • RichardM
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

      Tories spending money on social care ! your ‘avin a larf. Weve had a decade of Tory austerity that has more than decimated social care provision in England.

  64. Pat
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    To summarise the previous, hopefully with better editing of the autocorrects.
    We are deliberately overproducing elites via. our 50% university entrance. That has always lead to trouble in the past.
    A large number of people know that something is wrong, but are entirely mistaken as to what. E.g Mr. Corbyn is dead right that our Covid response is nonsensical. He is mad to think it has anything to do with 5G. The supporters of extinction rebellion, Antifa, BLM are similar. They know that something is wrong, but are entirely mistaken as to what.

  65. Barbara
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    Brilliant post. Thank you.

  66. ukretired123
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Superb indeed steely Sir John!

    How these self righteous elites promote themselves verbally yet tolerate hypocritical actions of China is beyond parody such as China being classed as a “Developing country” allowed to crush Hong Kong and bulldoze democracy for “the greater good” (of the elites) whilst turning a blind eye to the brave pro-democratic heroes of Russia, North Korea etc.

    Seems only Donald Trump not only recognises this but actually acts on this sleep-walking by both USA and the EU (Russian Gas pipeline welcomed by Frau Merkel).

  67. Graeme White
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Choreography corruption.

  68. Dee
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    The ordinary man does not have a platform on which to challenge these people, but you do John, so instead of keeping them hidden, name names, challenge them in Parliament. Name and shame these monopolies that want to take over the World. One thing you can be assured about is that we the unheard will be right behind you.

    • Mark B
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

      The poor man is surrounded by them.

  69. JohnK
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    In 2021 it will be fifty years since the USA abandoned the dollar’s tie to gold, and the world, for the first time, had a purely fiat monetary system.

    Without any link to a physical object which could not be printed at will, the world relied on the good sense of politicians and central bankers to maintain the value of their money. The results are easy to see. A house which might have cost £4000 in 1971 now costs £300,000. It is the same house, it is the value of money which has been debauched. Governments have got themselves into debt which can never be repaid. Now the Bank of England is seriously talking about negative interest rates. Central banks are also talking about issuing digital currency, backed by nothing, of course.

    The US Federal Reserve was established in 1913. Since then the dollar has lost 99% of its value. What would we do without such wise leaders?

    No country or economy can survive without a hard and stable currency. What we have now is worthless trash, backed by nothing, which loses value every year. The Bank of England is supposed to target “inflation” at 2% pa. In other words, one pound is meant to lose 2p a year. Why are we meant to be grateful that our pound this year will only be worth 98p next year?

    I don’t know any good way out of this. All central banks and major economies are totally bust. It is only the illusion of power that keeps them going. People will accept a US dollar, but not a Zimbabwean dollar. The truth is that both are worth nothing, because they are backed by nothing. The US dollar has “value” because it is seen to have the weight of the bankrupt US government behind it. Since when did the backing of a bankrupt state mean anything? We have a big problem, where the elite think they can print money and provide “stimulus” ad infinitum. Logic tells us this is impossible, but what happens when it all ends is anybody’s guess.

    • No Longer Anonymous
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

      Of digital currency

      It is significant that it is depicted as virtual gold coins with something very similar to a dollar sign on it.

      They know full well what the standard is meant to be so they produce a counterfeit of it.

      A – say – blue triangle bitcoin with a shamrock on it just wouldn’t convince anyone, would it !

      The most destructive invention has been the credit card – easy to obtain and backed on incredible house price rises it has enabled people to consume much more of the planet than they deserve or will ever repay. The natural brake on consumption has been loosened and the true dire straits we are in hidden by it.

      The shift of power from East to West (which is what CV-19 is really about) is now well underway.

      Lockdown of the West has handed the World to the CCP on a plate.

      • No Longer Anonymous
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

        The shift of power from East to West (which is what CV-19 is really about) is now well underway.

        Meant to say West to East, Sorry.

  70. Mike Cooper
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Dear Sir John.

    Well Sir John, todays diary has pinned the colours to the mast. You are without equal in identifying all that is wrong with society. Unfortunately the Woke Liberal Left have well and truly impregnated the whole of society. If a right wing organisation were to act in a similar way there would be public and government public outcry. Yet a right wing organisation would be more attuned to our beliefs and Christian way of life.
    The leftist self believing liberal elite are like a cancer and no one ever benefitted from Cancer.
    The priorities are to put the EU back in their box. Regain full sovereignty and then set about sorting out the lunatic liberal left.

    You are Sir doing a magnificent job.

    Mike Cooper.

  71. Keith Clark
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Dear John,
    It is very clear, both from your own advice, and the understanding of many of us not in position to influence government or external interferences, that the people elected to make policy and law for our country are NOT making policy and laws, but relying on the interference and “advice” of third party unelected plutocracies both internal and external.
    If those who are given the titles, and positions of responsibility for government cannot do the job, then it is high time that they were replaced by others who do not need instruction from external influencers.
    If it is the case that they are following instructions under duress, then they must admit that they are unable to govern because of this, and name those from whom they take orders, and explain WHY.

  72. Steve Hayes
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    It is the same elite that is pushing the coronavirus responses.

  73. ChrisS
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Never mind the global elite, our problems start a lot closer to home : the ruling class in the UK isn’t a bunch of 650 MPs, it’s the civil servants with their Oxbridge background working in cahoots with special advisers with their own Oxford PPE degrees. MPs are stuck somewhere in the middle, unable to implement policies of their own but not only are they up against the Civil Service and their own advisers, they have to face down journalists whose background is invariably very similar to the Civil Servants.

    Brexit has been the only occasion when the established order has been defeated on any major policy since WW2 and look how much time and effort that took to achieve !

    Priti Patel is making progress at the Home Office but look at the resistance she is facing in trying to change the asylum system. Elections are supposed to enable politicians to change policy as they have a mandate. However, the policies that the people want to see changed : Immigration, asylum, leaving the EU, are sneered at and insultingly branded “populist”
    by the civil service and those on the Left of politics who always think they know better than the people they are supposedly elected to represent.

    The Liberal Left have supposedly captured the middle ground, branding anything other than a “progressive” policy as of the far right. Nothing could be further from the truth.

    It is hard to see how any politician can overcome these vested interests but it is good to see a few like our host making an attempt.

    • DavidJ
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

      +1

    • Sharon Jagger
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

      +1

  74. James
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    If all of you politicians and home pedagocrats were made to pay for your mistakes from your own pockets you would’t be so flippant about ruinous decisions made that so affect the rest of us.. like promoting a brexit but with no clear exit plan and no idea of where we are going?

    • Lynn Atkinson
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

      We know exactly where we are going, back to the way we governed ourselves for 800 years! Simples!

      • Harmon
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

        Lynn.. you never governed yourselves.. you alway’s doffed the cap tugged the forelock deferred to your betters.. you’re steeped in it, it’s always been thr English way

        • Edward2
          Posted October 29, 2020 at 8:55 am | Permalink

          That is nonsense.
          The people of the UK have never been deferential.
          We are a rebellious freedom loving people.
          We will fight for that and our independence.
          Hence the wish not to be subjects of the United States of Europe.

          • hefner
            Posted October 29, 2020 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

            ‘Baroness Harding, if you don’t mind’ …

            The Glorious Revolution of 1688 …
            Edmund Burke’s 1790 Reflections on the revolution in France …
            … all showing that English people have never been deferential, are a rebellious freedom loving people.

            And when some in the past might have been unhappy with their conditions, they found themselves at the wrong end of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre.

            As a Jeremy (B.) would have said ‘Who’s talking nonsense on stilts’.

          • Edward2
            Posted October 29, 2020 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

            Are you in the wrong place hef?

          • Edward2
            Posted October 30, 2020 at 8:50 am | Permalink

            Oh I see what you are trying to do hef.
            Trawling back into centuries long ago.
            Surprised you didn’t go back to the Roman invasion.

            The Peterloo Massacee plainly backs up what I said.
            The other examples fail too.
            They all show that the people of this Kingdom desire freedom and independence and will fight and die to get it.
            Great progress has been made over centuries.
            The best example is to come January 1st 2021

    • Anonymous
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

      If all of you politicians and home pedagocrats were made to pay for your mistakes


      The destruction is deliberate they are globalist puppets but the cock up theory prevails.

  75. Ian
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    Dear Sir John,another great piece of work, as you can see most of us here are right behind what you say.
    We learn this morning that Nigel Farages Warnings months about that a tragedy would come to those crossing the English Channel, well yes it has now happened.we are all sorry,
    Had the elite bothered to follow there Manifesto there would be no one crossing the Channel illegally.
    This is the elite, that know better than there slaves.
    Oh so smart that they do not now need any common sense they are found packed like sardines packed into the House , which drunk on there own egos, Alice in Wonderland.
    We should feel sorry for them because they are never right they are so busy getting rid of Democricy and doing the bidding of there masters in the EU

    • No Longer Anonymous
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

      A) If a British father had taken his kids into choppy waters and killed them he would be imprisoned

      B) Why are people trying to escape from France and why are they trying to escape from the EU ?

      C) The Tories with their 80 seat majority are being shown up on this and every subject. I predicted Channel crossings on this site several years ago. The Tories have failed to nip this in the bud.

      D) The Tories have been the cancer in this nation all along. As Peter Hitchens has been saying and so too DOM, Dominic or whatever else he calls himself.

      E) The Tories WILL capitulate and set up a free ferry service and continue to put grown men in school uniforms in our children’s classes and threaten parents if they dare to object.

      RIP to those who lost their lives but they WERE breaking the law and trying to jump the queue. (Except the children of course.)

  76. ian
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    What you are witnessing is a full out attack on consumerism and entrepreneurs in the west, this has been made clear by the treasury who are refusing to give small businesses owner who pays themselves by way of dividends any money at all in this crisis.

    People who have been to university and have good jobs and pay are followers without reason they feel elevated in society and able to demiss anybody who is not of their elk, when they hear of their leader’s new plans in the news, like us all they have a quick calculation in their minds to see how much this new policy will affect them and come to the conclusion that they can afford this policy and demiss anybody who comes out against the policy, these people turn is coming by way of text one-morning telling them that they have lost their job to either AI or overseas worker, that’s when it dawned on them that they been coned.

    • Everhopeful
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

      Maybe this is actually all about the tremendous financial chasm they have hurled us all into? The whole world probably. “All in it together “🥺
      2008 was bad but as a very wise politician said at the time “ You ain’t seen nothing yet”.
      The powers-that-should-not-be KNEW exactly what was coming..but as now..kept stum!
      And so…”The Great Reset”.
      Only snag..they haven’t got anything right yet …so why do they keep expecting a different outcome?…Ummmmm…..

  77. L Jones
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    ”The global elite”?
    They’re NOT ”elite”, for goodness’ sake!

  78. Everhopeful
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    So at the end of this…if it ever ends,
    Don’t dare to increase our taxes,
    Send the bill to the Pedagocracy.
    After all..we all have to pay for our fun don’t we?

  79. DavidJ
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Excellent article Sir John. Indeed such people / organisations need to be made accountable and ways found to prosecute them when acting against us and our country.

  80. Roger Howard
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    Great stuff John. Something I have felt for a long time.

  81. XYXY
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    It’s interesting to see this said by an MP of your experience/tenure.

    I agree wholeheartedly, but the MSM and “establishment” make it sound like a conspiracy theory.

    The question is: how do we do anything about it?

    I suspect the Conservative party has become increasingly socialist in its policies it no doubt believes that that’s what it now takes to get elected nowadays (so many “poor”, all get one vote the same as anyone else).

    But yet the socialists still get to be in power infrequently. The number of right-of-centre parties now threatening to spring up are a danger – Fox and Farage. Splitting the right vote would definitely let the socialists in, so they need to find a way to stop annoying their core voters, who may be wider than they think.

    The “red wall” didn’t vote conservative for socialism, only for Brexit. They don’t want eternal benefits, they want to work – so provide them with a job based on sound economics and you win. Giveaways lose, for all parties that have tried it.

  82. Excalibur
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    A blog that defies superlatives, JR. Thank you

  83. WingsOverTheWorld
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    In a similar vein, I would like to know your thoughts on “The Great Reset“, an initiative by the influential World Economic Forum in league with the UN, which I urge your readers to research at their earliest opportunity. As far as I can see it promotes worker ownership of business, land taxes and in its latest guise (the ideas have been around for at least 7 years) mandatory social and environmental justice tropes. Much of the above we have seen attempted as policy in western nations over the last 5 or so years. The FT made a video about it in December last year, Time Magazine has it in their front cover for this November. They are using the CV19 situation to accelerate their plans, without democratic accountability. This is the very technocracy of which you speak writ large.

  84. ian
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    Are you getting what you deserve how thick do you feel?

  85. Ian @Barkham
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    As you suggest Sir John, the one size fits all decreed by central planners is the biggest failure for all societies.

    As the human race we are made up of billions of individuals that can achieve great things. It is as if we get corralled by gang leaders that have an innate desire to control that is holding us back.

    In the UK as elsewhere we have breed a political class that are so afraid of the people that there only recourse is to control is to suppress, killing of achievement, not governing, guiding and enabling the release the human spirit.

  86. Iain Gill
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    John,

    I think you are independently coming to similar conclusions to those Jordan Peterson came to some time ago. He has done some brilliant lectures which analyse what you are describing in multiple dimensions.

    You are both correct. I am not sure how it gets fixed from here though, possibly it will need a new political movement or some such.

    Cheers

  87. zorro
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    One of your more hard hitting and truly relevant blogs JR….. We live in a critical moment in world history. We need to be angry but we need to be patient. Things are coming to a head and I think that ‘they’ may have overstepped the mark and are no longer in control of events.

    zorro

  88. Original Chris
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    I would like to suggest an experiment for the government to undertake:
    forget about COVID, but instead work on the influenza and pneumonia figures in minutest detail, in exactly the same way as you have with COVID. Have your regular pronouncements from Profs Doom and Gloom, and head boy Grabber Hancock, and feed the media and the BBC regular alarming updates about how the figures are rising now that we are going into autumn.

    Don’t forget the flu vaccine for this year, and examine in detail how ineffective it might be proving (definitely not going to save us from indefinite lockdown?), and how we are all at risk of catching flu simply by breathing in and out, and lastly let us have all the grim details of hospital admissions, ventilators, and deaths all due to flu and pneumonia. I am sure you could make quite a good job of thoroughly alarming people and trashing the economy, and all for influenza.

    • a-tracy
      Posted October 29, 2020 at 8:55 am | Permalink

      14 deaths under 40 announced yesterday, so was this caused by covid19 alone? How did they catch it, what were they doing in the three weeks before?

  89. No Longer Anonymous
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    We have done nothing to save the planet by outsourcing our dirty work to the East.

    All it’s done is make us poor. Which we shall see soon.

    • Fred H
      Posted October 29, 2020 at 8:50 am | Permalink

      Owners, managers of businesses, buyers of goods both finished and components constantly are tasked to use ever-cheaper in the quest for consumer success.
      Nobody seems to examine where this leads. Inevitably in the Global market that view takes us to the cheapest (only in theory will it be the most efficient) location to assemble or manufacture. Over slightly longer term they become locked in to the decisions made, and choice disappears with dependancy now certain and discovery that there is a financial gun to the head.
      Slogans like Buy British were well intentioned and the EU has taken the concept to be incredibly protectionist and restrictive.
      China has enjoyed supplying the sleeping world, while Trump being a businessman not a politician, has done his best to wake the USA up.
      All of us must.

  90. James Bertram
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    I reread your article in light of your reply to Ian@Barkham:
    ‘Reply Bilderberg is a meeting attended by members of the global elite but it is not the origin or source of power of all this and sometimes dissenters get in. The elites do have their own internal disagreements and factions, but the point I am making is on big issues like the Exchange Rate Mechanism or free movement of people or the climate change issue or responses to a virus there is general buy in to one outlook. The issue is who is recruited to a wide range of official positions in World quangos and in civil service and government advisory elites.’

    Some definitions of pedagogue: ‘ If you describe someone as a pedagogue, you mean that they like to teach people things in a firm way as if they know more than anyone else.’ ‘A Roman slave who took children to school and on outings, but also taught them—from Greek ped, “child,” and agein, “to lead.” ‘ ‘a teacher who gives too much attention to formal rules and is not interesting.’

    You write: ‘The global elite are trying to make one size fit all around the world. They seek to enforce the power of their ideas by recruiting people of like minds to leading global bodies and into the civil services which staff governments. They value highly the formal qualifications put out by universities and professional bodies. They create a hierarchy of income, respect and wealth based on approved knowledge of a certain kind and membership of the privileged educational clubs….It is time this universocracy was made more accountable.

    It is an interesting idea that ‘groupthink’, deliberate indoctrination and placement into positions of power by top academia and professional bodies, is what lies behind global consensus on how the world should be run. It’s not unlike Wilfred Owen’s notion that WW1 was fought from what was taught on the playing fields of England. These educators ‘find (unqualified) entrepreneurs uncomfortable – with their (entrepreneurs) radical ideas and ability to change the world – without necessarily having passed through the right institutions.’ Too, from my experience, they are extremely uncomfortable with students who ask the difficult questions and think independently; and, as such, these students will not be promoted into academia but will have to find their own way in the world. Thus academia becomes a self-reinforcing bubble, unchallenged by radical ideas.

    You write: ‘The global elite are trying to make one size fit all around the world. They seek to enforce the power of their ideas…’
    So are you implying that ‘the global elite’ are the educators/academics; or a clique of highly successful students that have been through that education? How do you make a university-ocracy more accountable? Do you have a different selection process for these positions of influence? Do you use Cummings idea of bringing-in entrepreneurs to oversee the technocrats/bureaucrats?

    However, I think you have defined ‘the global elites’ differently to most readers here. I think you are describing just the footsoldiers – the Common Purpose perhaps. My inclination is that ‘the origin or source of power’ has more to do with money, the extremely wealthy and connected, those who can buy influence wherever they want; those who can buy the academic opinion they want. These are the actors that need to be made more accountable.

    • Methinks
      Posted October 28, 2020 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

      I thought our host made it clear many times that comments should be short and to the point

      • hefner
        Posted October 29, 2020 at 8:23 am | Permalink

        Maybe not short but to the point inasmuch as Sir John’s definition of ‘elite’ is peculiar and can certainly be questioned.

    • a-tracy
      Posted October 29, 2020 at 8:54 am | Permalink

      I enjoyed reading this James, I agree “Thus academia becomes a self-reinforcing bubble, unchallenged by radical ideas.” The fierce group think forces other who don’t think like them to bite their tongues and not contribute opposing views, this is reinforced by the people who take over student rep positions and stop free speech unions and ban people rather than debate them.

      A high % of these people in academia have never interviewed for a real-world job, the favoured ones just move on and up in organisations if they toe the line. They enjoy school-sized holidays and hours, never have to worry about how to create money not spend it and look down on other people.

      • James Bertram
        Posted October 29, 2020 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

        Thanks, a-tracey / hefner. Comments appreciated.

    • Fred H
      Posted October 30, 2020 at 11:23 am | Permalink

      and the university lecturers who peddle confirming views of the subject and world, but won’t allow challenge to rock the boat. Rather like a skilled comedian who has a range of put-downs to hand when heckled.

  91. agricola
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    You infer today that the instruments of democratic control/government have been slowly replaced by an alien system that only plays lip service to what we think is democracy. Never having been near the seats of power it is possible to be objective, seeing the wood from the trees.

    The EU was well on the way to destroying political democracy in the UK, having made Parliament largely redundant. They favoured dilution via devolution as a useful tool in this process.

    The political parties further exacerbated this by the recruitment of grateful placemen who they foisted on the constituencies. The system of lobbying has given undue weight to those who would wish to drive their own agenda, often against the interests of the electorate as a whole. Politicians can be bought with at least promises of well paid post political employment.

    Then we come to the Civil Service. far too narrow in its origins, lacking if not disdaining experience of the real world. Seduced by a parallel brotherhood in Brussels. On balance, at the top, a body with its own agenda, and well detached from the aspirations of the electorate it is supposed to serve. Too powerful in the ways of government for most MPs to control.

    Much the same could be said for the judiciary, also seduced by the ways of Brussels, and constantly nibbling at parliamentary power, when it sees it wounded, in the business of law making. Their foot soldiers the police were long ago subverted by trendy social scientists with their own agenda.

    Banking is for you to comment on. My observation is that in the UK it lacks any real competition, and can therefore impose its collective philosophy on the customer. When you look at the interest rates paid on capital which the banks are effectively borrowing, and then compare them with their lending rates and penalties, my conclusion is that they are running the very worst kind of rip off racket.

    Until we have in Parliament, MPs of life experience and quality, selected by their constituents, determined to eradicate the above fundamental ills, we will remain in a political limbo distracted by detail. Until then the enterprising will be lost to more rewarding cultures.

  92. beresford
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    According to Sky News there is a ‘growing demand’ for a national lockdown. Who are these people who want to be placed under house arrest? Since March the furthest I have been outside Birmingham is Kidderminster. Holiday companies implore me to make a booking but who wants to come back and go into quarantine for two weeks if you’re caught by the Government’s continually changing list of taboo countries? At least I can still go to the pub for a quiet pint or to the gym for an exercise class, following chafing Covid restrictions, but the killjoys want to deny even that pleasure. Go to work/school, come home, watch TV. This is their vision for every day of our future.

    • Less Oxygen4u
      Posted October 29, 2020 at 8:31 am | Permalink

      make a booking but who wants to come back and go into quarantine for two weeks if you’re caught by the Government’s continually changing list of taboo countries?

      …..
      As part of the Green New Deal and Great Reset, travel and leisure a thing of the past. Please just work and watch more TV, as that is how we brainwash you.

  93. M Davis
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    An excellent post, thank you, Sir J.

  94. Drew
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    Thankyou Sir John for a wonderful comment.

    As one who has been noticing Eisenhowers “Industrial Complexes” almost everywhere now among the bodies and corporations you allude to I am greatly encouraged to read concerns that are all too easily dismissed as mere conspiracy theory.

    I watched the miss-allocation of recourses on a massive scale in a number of areas that depend on the public purse or government mandated subsidy as we are coerced by that “Scientific/Technological Elite” that can bend the science to favour corporate expediency.

  95. Original Richard
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    We’re in desperate need of law protecting freedom of speech which includes the freedom to make controversial statements which other people may find offensive and which cannot be used as a reason for prosecution or loss of livelihood.

  96. Lindsay McDougall
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    Don’t make the universocracy more accountable; bring it down. There has to be a complete cleansing of the Augean stables, at home and abroad. Just as an example, if we want to stop China burning raw coal at its power stations, slap tariffs on their exports until they clean up their act.

    Change of subject. Today, there was one tiny piece of news regarding COVID-19. The number of new daily cases (7 day moving average) fell slightly for the first time in months. The increase over the past fortnight has been about 40% and the increase over the past week has been about 15%, so the trend has peaked. The daily number of deaths (again, 7 day moving average) is still rocketing but this number is a lagging indicator. When the daily number of cases falls, it is just a matter of time before the daily number of deaths falls.

    To keep up the good work, we must ban all gatherings/events that have high transmission rates and no economic value (perhaps relax for Xmas day and Boxing day but that’s all), while producing conditions that help the economy. Businesses can help themselves through technical innovation. John Redwood has cited ventilation systems that suck in air at ground level and expel it at ceiling level. My idea is that airlines should issue passengers with head only PPE (Darth Vader style?) that can be cleaned and collect it at the end of the flight. The hope is to make it safe for flights to be 50% full, approaching an economic payload and reducing the need for subsidies.

    It’s about time that businesses had to help themselves. The nanny State can only afford to help them for a few months more. Let’s have a budget for the next two years presented in January, Chancellor.

  97. Richard
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Sir John for an excellent post. However, the events that you describe while disastrous for most people in the West often served to increase the power and wealth of the ‘global elite’ (a group of oligopolists for whom there is much evidence of non-competition and cooperation).

    By way of illustration that these ‘global elite’ are simply disinterested in truth, scientific or otherwise, here are 2 quotes:

    “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.” – attributed to (a senior official ed) February 1981 in the Roosevelt Room in the West Wing of the White House.

    “All science is merely a means to an end. The means is knowledge. The end is control. Beyond this remains only one issue: Who will be the beneficiary?” – from the document “Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars”.

    And in education many aspects of Bertrand Russell’s 1953 book The Impact of Science on Society are being implemented:
    “Fourth, that the opinion that snow is white must be held to show a morbid taste for eccentricity… It is for future scientists to make these maxims precise and discover exactly how much it costs per head to make children believe that snow is black, and how much less it would cost to make them believe it is dark gray…”
    “Fichte laid it down that education should aim at destroying free will, so that, after pupils have left school, they shall be incapable, throughout the rest of their lives, of thinking or acting otherwise than as their schoolmasters would have wished”

  98. chris hook
    Posted October 29, 2020 at 5:54 am | Permalink

    Is this a sudden realisation or something that has been brewing for some time? In any event be careful, you may have strayed too far from establishment consensus – which is no bad thing.

  99. Rodney Atkinson
    Posted October 29, 2020 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    We are beset by the arrogant ignorance of the
    diseducated “elites” and the cabals of the unelected
    A revolution of the democrats must come

    • Barbara
      Posted October 29, 2020 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

      Are you *the* Rodney Atkinson?

      If so, may I say thank you for all your research and the enlightening articles, videos etc you have produced over the years, while swimming against the tide?

  100. Julian Flood
    Posted October 29, 2020 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    China maintained centuries of stability by rewarding examination success – the brighter rose, depriving the disadvantaged of leaders.

    They don’t call them mandarins for no reason.

    JF

  101. Anonymous
    Posted October 29, 2020 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    Dept of Health and Social Care
    If you are thinking of changing your career, social care might be the industry for you!


    That is an advert in The Sun today. As part of Great Reset white males who are self employed or run small business are to be put out of business to become carers, as there is a gender parity problem, not enough carers, too many old people and too many female carers who could have much better careers. According to WEF caring for elderly is an awful job and oppressing women and more low skilled men should be restructered into that field.

    ….
    Is this why MPs refused to help small business late in putting in tax as they were the ones struggling most?

    • a-tracy
      Posted October 30, 2020 at 10:58 am | Permalink

      I would like to see a lot more men in care work if men enter the profession in numbers rates will improve – I don’t know why this happens it just does, plus men are more able to work overtime as women still take on much of the childcare.

      I know a man who took a care job with people with learning disabilities with good pay and progression, plus 28-38 days holiday, company pension scheme up to 6%, occupational sick pay up to 12 weeks full pay and health services, life assurance of 3 x annual salary, sponsorship through qualifications attracting higher pay grades, induction and on the job training and mentoring, employee assistance programes, reduced costco membership and other retail and cashback schemes, pay enhancements for 33% premimum weekends 1 in 3, nights, bank holidays, free workplace parking. 37.5 hour week (regular overtime should you want it)

  102. M Brandreth- Jones
    Posted October 29, 2020 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    I have noticed the nameless powers. So have many others and they still remain nameless.

  103. Sylvia Priest
    Posted October 31, 2020 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Do not implement a second national lockdown or other restrictions this winter

    https://petition.parliament

    • Graham Wheatley
      Posted November 1, 2020 at 2:01 am | Permalink

      They’ll just ignore it. Like they always do.

  104. Graham Wheatley
    Posted November 1, 2020 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    Sir John,

    You may already be aware of Lord Sumption’s 27th October Lecture?
    (Apologies if someone else has already posted the link – I haven’t read each and every comment on here yet).

    https://resources.law.cam.ac.uk/privatelaw/Freshfields_Lecture_2020_Government_by_Decree.pdf

  105. Henry Jobson
    Posted November 1, 2020 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Mr Redwood for saying what many of us feel but do not have your position or knowledge, please continue.

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