My Interview with GB News

Please find below my interview with Andrew Pierce of GB News between 1:39:30-1:47:25 where we discussed the proposed interest rate increase, food price inflation and the need to grow more food at home to improve self-sufficiency and lower cost.



  1. Bloke
    April 19, 2023

    Excellent communication with the common sense that both of the presenters recognised with appreciation, as do we as the interested audience.

    Much of GB News content is good in substance, but the breaks between the programme it uses to promote each of its own presenters are stale and far too repetitive, repelling some viewers.

    In contrast SJR’s contribution was a blast of fresh air and most attractive.

  2. Peter
    April 19, 2023

    All good points and well made. However, Sunak and Hunt are not listening and they don’t care what voters want.

    Even sympathetic interviewers bring up Liz Truss as a justification for not cutting tax and it would take too long to address the full reasons for her downfall.

  3. agricola
    April 19, 2023

    Rishi Sunak has quite rightly been extolling the virtues of the GFA in Belfast. So why has he agreed with the EU the Windsor version of the NIP which directly undedmines the GFA. Ensuring that half of the GFA, the Unionists, will remain absent from Stormont. This is not negotiation, it is take it or leave it. I cannot imagine Margaret Thatcher saying anything other than that NI is part of the UK and we wil not have its sovereignty questioned in any way. If you want a border to protect the virginity of the EU, do it on your own territory.
    Today I had a discussion with someone within the motor industry who effetively confirmed that supplies to UK companies are deliberately delayed on the flimsiest of pretexts just because we left the EU. It confirmed in my mind that we should have opted for trade on WTO terms from day one. Equally, our PM should be asking the del Lyden woman if she wished EU motor companies to continue selling in tHe UK, and if so, sort out the duplicity quick time.

  4. herebefore
    April 19, 2023

    Sir J if you have such common sense as the anchor on GB News says then why is the rest of your party not listening?

    You say – just to to grow more food – well can only say the farmers in this country are not up to growing more food yet – it will take time, some know how and lead in time – generally speaking what farmers grow in the springtime can be harvested in the summer and late summer and a lot of them would not know the back of a plough if they saw one – they were brought up in a different era – the era of easier life with CAP payments in place for cattle and sheep grazing – with very little tillage happening and with food being imported, generally speaking, so am very sure that the style of farming you advocate with roll up your sleeve attitude out early in the morning cannot be achieved on a whim – if will take a lot of time to bring about

    The other point you make about the 25 per cent corporation tax rates to be reduced down makes sense except we have a huge dependent sector in our economy and that also cannot be changed with a bang without doing some very serious damage to our finandes – it will take time and any reduction will have to be done gradually. Saying it aloud on GB News will not be enough.

    1. a-tracy
      April 20, 2023

      “The UK is around 91% self-sufficient in dairy production and 86% self-sufficient in beef production. When it comes to lamb, we are 109% self-sufficient” nfu online

      “The key headline when talking about food security is self-sufficiency. Currently, the UK produces 60% of domestic food by value, part of which is exported as the UK imports 46% of the food it consumes.23 Mar 2022” ahdb

      “UK data show that we have lost over a fifth of English farms in the past ten years alone. EU statistics paint a worse picture. In particular, the number of farms below 200 hectares is falling. Numbers of intermediate and smaller farms are declining, though smaller farms are the worst affected.” core

  5. Sakara Gold
    April 19, 2023

    I have to say that you articulate your points very well in this latest interview with GB News. We would all like to see British farmers produce more food in the UK. However, many in the farming industry are facing unsurmountable problems in the face of the massive increase in energy costs imposed by the fossil fuel cartel before the Ukraine war and many greenhouse producers have left the industry entirely.

    1. a-tracy
      April 20, 2023

      There is hope through innovation and investment. In his autobiography published last year, Sir James Dyson spoke of how he is seeking to bring his passion for innovation and doing things differently to the agricultural sector.

  6. glen cullen
    April 19, 2023

    I’ve got absolutely no problem using ex-military camps to house illegal immigrants or indeed living in my hometown …so long as its secure and they’re locked in 24/7 until they’re granted asylum or citizenship

  7. passingby
    April 19, 2023

    Just been listening to IDS on another channel, Channel 4, on about China and the threat that it poses in the world – he’s the one who told us that the German car workers would be knocking the door down to Mrs Merkel over brexit – looks like we can’t believe a word anymore from these so-called experts – too many of them as M Gove once famously said. Sigh!

  8. SimonR
    April 20, 2023

    Fantastic interview Sir John. To avoid any accusations of sexism, I’d mention Bev Turner in your intro as well as Andrew Pierce.

  9. formula57
    April 20, 2023

    Sound and persuasive although I recall a diary sometime in the last ten years where you very properly lamented the low interest rates given to savers. That attack of course continued for many years (all because Bernanke’s doctorate taught him it was necessary to replace private demand with public if you wanted to put off damaging write downs of excessive debt for the price of years and years (probably decades) of sluggish performance with many zombie businesses) and still continues as rates of 4 per cent. or so clearly offer no adequate compensation for double digit inflation. Borrowers meanwhile might face a temporary rise in cash outflows but of course gain appreciably as they see their liabilities reduce in real terms.

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