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  1. X-Tory
    September 14, 2021

    A very good and passionate speech.

    But of course you’ll be completely ignored, as always …

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  2. Lifelogic
    September 14, 2021

    Well said.

    Don’t they understand – clearly not. Don’t kill the recovery – exactly and many are now starting to pay back the CV loans (or not).

    If they push HS2, the climate change act net zero and even the net damaging vaccinations of 12 year olds they clearly have not got a clue!

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  3. John Hatfield
    September 14, 2021

    Well said John. Again.

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  4. Micky Taking
    September 14, 2021

    When is GB going to deal firmly with the activists who ruin others’ peaceful lives?
    The number of people arrested over climate change protests that blocked five M25 junctions has reached 77. Activists from a group called Insulate Britain caused long tailbacks and disruption with the action on Monday. Fiona Atkinson from the group said it was “fed up with the lack of action” on the issue, but the government said it was supporting people to install energy efficiency measures in their homes.
    Police thanked drivers for their “patience and understanding”.
    There were protests at junctions 20 for Kings Langley, Herts, 14 for Heathrow terminal four, three for Swanley in Kent, six for Godstone, Surrey and 31 for Lakeside, Essex, on Monday.
    Police were first called at about 08:00 BST and junctions were fully reopened by lunchtime.
    Hertfordshire Police said it arrested 18 people, while Kent Police and Essex Police arrested 12 each.
    The Essex force said nine had been released under investigation, while three were released on conditional bail.
    Surrey Police said it arrested 35 people with 15 released on conditional bail and the rest released under investigation pending further inquiries.
    Arrests were made for various offences, including public nuisance, obstructing the highway and conspiracy to cause danger to road users.
    Pathetic. The Police must forcibly take the activists away and lock up overnight via arrest. Then a criminal record should follow, with proviso that a repeat will be a custodial sentence.

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  5. Everhopeful
    September 14, 2021

    Bravo! So well done!!

    But I do wonder whether Johnson actually wants a recovery?
    What is he playing at with all this oh so transparent attempt at psychological manipulation?
    “Yes we will..NO we won’t……”

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    1. Everhopeful
      September 14, 2021

      Ah I see.
      Johnson has to contend with his ambitious chancellor and can’t afford to lose the support of the libertarian wing of the Tory party. You are all v cross with him about the tax rise so he has to abandon passports and winter lockdown!!
      I HOPE!
      No wonder that speech was so passionate.

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  6. Mike Wilson
    September 14, 2021

    Although I am not a Tory, in any way, I agree with every word of that.

    I must add I too was disappointed by your position on HS2 on GB News. I think it is wrong to concede the argument. I think it is important that senior Tories, such as your good self, espouse the position – at every opportunity- to decry HS2 as a complete waste of money, an environmental disaster and a white elephant. If you and others repeat this often enough, and opposition politicians join in, perhaps the overwhelming majority of the public will regard it as a farce and, sooner or later, it will be abandoned. The sooner the better. Please speak up.

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  7. The Prangwizard
    September 14, 2021

    Thank you agaun, Sir John. The visibilty of your contributions is excellent and I hope enables a wider audience of your views.

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  8. Bryan Harris
    September 14, 2021

    Very well said…..

    Please don’t keep facing away from the mic – your speech fades and it’s very hard to hear your excellent words

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  9. acorn
    September 14, 2021

    So, exactly what do you expect your speech to change in Downing Street’s plan, which had been sent to the printers before you stood up. Frankly, I think every MP in the HoC, is taking money from the public purse under false pretences. Particularly, those that have been there far to long and have spent a decade or more, as lobby fodder, just polishing the green benches with the arse of their trousers; while encashing their MP status as paid marketers and influencers for private sector corporations.

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  10. No Longer Anonymous
    September 14, 2021

    Sorry to hear of the passing of the PM’s mother. RIP.

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  11. Sakara Gold
    September 14, 2021

    Four minutes of classic Sir John Redwood, holding forth on the gross mistake that the government has made by increasing taxes before the economy has recovered to the pre-pandemic level

    Shame there were so few of your right honourable friends to hear it.

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  12. Nig l
    September 14, 2021

    A slow burner to a great finish. Don’t they understand. With someone in charge who doesn’t even know how to pay for his wallpaper of course they don’t. This is a shameless political exercise that almost all business organisations have denounced.

    Even worse the whips have made it known that it is a career killer so all the ambitious will protect themselves rather than the people who voted for them.

    In that vein, my MP, Leo Docherty used the name of a local butcher a few years ago to praise the government for reducing business rates saying how much it would help him and presumably other local businesses.

    On that basis you would think he would criticise HMG when they increased national insurance costs to the detriment of said butcher.

    But since then he couldn’t wait to take over from Johnny Mercer and now as a Minister, surprise surprise, voted for it proving my point about career over voter.

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  13. Chris S
    September 14, 2021

    You are absolutely right to challenge the government on accountability for the new money they just voted through parliament with such indecent haste.

    The NHS will swallow every pound thrown at it with barely a murmur. It will always claim to be underfunded, however much is hurled its way. The only way to ensure that money is carefully spent is to demand hard targets and objectives which are then carefully monitored against an agreed timescale. Managers who fail to deliver what they promise must be in position where they know they will then be sacked.

    Any other approach just leads to waste and inefficiency.

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  14. Narrow Shoulders
    September 14, 2021

    Good speech Sir John – don’t kill the recovery and you’ll get the money. Quite

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  15. MiC
    September 14, 2021

    I share John’s principle concern, but question his manner of addressing this.

    It is perhaps not lack of spending power which is hindering recovery, but understandable reticence on the part of those potential spenders in visiting pubs, restaurants, social venues, booking flights, and all the rest, owing to what may now be habit, or to rational concerns about so doing.

    Neither do I accept that tax rises are necessarily an austerity measure. Rather, it is tax cuts, and disproportionately large spending reductions which are absolutely that.

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    1. MiC
      September 14, 2021

      *principal

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    2. Everhopeful
      September 15, 2021

      Oh yes!
      Such a good point.
      Just open everything up and get the tills ringing!
      However, the plan must be to impoverish us. Tax, tax, tax.
      Then roll out the universal income thing having taken control of all small/medium businesses.

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      1. MiC
        September 15, 2021

        Are you capable of nothing more than simple cartoon caricatures?

        Is that the babyish world that you inhabit?

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  16. MikeP
    September 14, 2021

    Excellent, well said, admire your passion in calling out “Government” as it is, a third party to all backbench and opposition MPs.

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  17. paul
    September 14, 2021

    I see you another 5 voted with you today, I thank you for your hard work and due dillgent on behalf of the people.

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  18. Iain Gill
    September 14, 2021

    Well said John.

    More money is not the solution to the NHS’s problems.

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  19. norton
    September 14, 2021

    NICS are not as important as Covid and all its ramifications unfortunately.

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  20. mancunius
    September 14, 2021

    Hear, hear! But I doubt most of your colleagues get the point about expanding the economy and letting SMEs thrive. People who take their income from the state never do.

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  21. Martyn G
    September 15, 2021

    Excellent speech Sir J. Why were there so few MPs in the House for this important debate. Where were they? WFH, perhaps?

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  22. Edwardm
    September 15, 2021

    Well said.
    It is concerning that so few MPs share JRs understanding, and instead they are willing to lose trust.
    The extra NI tax raised at this time will be a poor trade-off if we end up with a more left-wing coalition after the next election.
    MPs should question spending and value for money, eg HS2, “green” subsidies, etc.
    (I prefer less govt borrowing – but now is not the time to dampen the economy, as JR says)

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  23. formula57
    September 15, 2021

    ”…this economy does not need sandbagging with austerity economics, it needs promoting for faster growth.” Quite!

    Those words should be painted on a banner hung in the Chancellor’s office.

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  24. Sir Joe Soap
    September 15, 2021

    Rather like the people sitting on the M25 this morning, this government puts its dodgy principles above the economy. So “don’t kill the economy and you’ll get the money” transforms itself to “we don’t care about the economy and we’ll get the money first”.

    The vicious spiral of people made poor by being taxed gobbling up more tax money meaning people made poor by being taxed even more awaits.

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  25. XY
    September 16, 2021

    It shames the political class taht so few MPs bothered to listen. Minds made up “be loyal to Boris, get promoted, get Clegg job at Facebook”.

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  26. APL
    September 16, 2021

    Addressing a packed House again, I see.

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