John Redwood is Tory dead wood

If anyone ever required further confirmation that John Redwood is just as out of touch and deluded as any other Conservative, he obligingly provides irrefutable evidence on his blog, where he writes:

There are various EU initiatives being undertaken by a variety of Conservative MPs. Bill Cash has tabled a Bill to seek to sort out the growing legal and sovereignty difficulties.  Bill through the European Foundation keeps up a stream of informed comments on the evolution of the EU. As Chairman of the EU Scrutiny Committee he and his colleagues daily seek less or better rules and regulations, and try to strengthen the government’s hand in negotiations about the new measures.

Daily seek less or better rules and regulations?  Really?  No, really?  I have just three words to say in response to that…  Integrated Maritime Policy.

See here and then here.

10 Responses to “John Redwood is Tory dead wood”

  1. 1 Martin Brumby 23/10/2011 at 5:31 pm

    Whether on the EU issue, Climate change or virtually anything else, I do find it amazing that there are so few MPs who retain the ability to think for themselves and who are prepared to question what they don’t know, let alone the cojones to fearlessly speak their mind.

    I can’t believe that we might not do better with 650 people pulled at random off the street.

  2. 2 AJC 23/10/2011 at 7:03 pm

    As I read it John Redwood was talking about new EU rules and regulations.
    In that blog he skirts around talk of (the viability of) repatriation of powers.

    Redwood does, however, mention that “Peter Bone has proposed a Bill to repatriate our fisheries … He is backing the approach of selective repatriation of powers, the approach set out in the last Conservative manifesto.”. Again without comment on viability.

    In answer to the (current) final comment …

    “Please, Mr Redwood, address this issue of Acquis. Is re-negotiation and repatriation of lost powers even possible with the current EU structure?”

    Redwood replies …

    “Reply: Yes, we could have a different relationship where we decided how much acquis to accept”

  3. 3 A K Haart 23/10/2011 at 8:09 pm

    “Bill through the European Foundation keeps up a stream of informed comments on the evolution of the EU.”

    I’m sure he does. What do his colleagues do with them?

  4. 4 Steve 23/10/2011 at 8:13 pm

    In all honesty Martin, how many MPs could you say were in the Commons purely as a) a matter of conscience or b) out of a sense of public duty?

    The ‘weathervane’ prevarications on the EU of these individuals is dependent on one thing. As soon as they are critical of the EU, it marks them out as being not for ministerial / shadow office, and so they keep quiet. I dont think it’s about thinking for themselves; I think it’s either self-preservation or an eye to the main chance. Fortunately, there seems to be some who have principle, but tomorrow they’ll have a chance to show their true colours.

    AM’s coice of phrase “Europlastics” resonates well with me.

  5. 5 Nick 24/10/2011 at 3:52 pm

    And Haig says we should not have a referendum because it’s not Government Policy. (
    Isn’t it Parliament’s job to reflect the will of the people? Not “Government Policy”. This whole farrago exposes the petitions idea for what it truly is: useless, unhelpful, anti-democratic window dressing

  6. 6 nk810 24/10/2011 at 6:28 pm

    While probably going to be unpopular at least Mr Redwood is prepared to discuss both sides adequately, presenting both the pros and the cons equally.

    What would we prefer? Arrogant government which tells us we must join in, or ignorant public who simply want out? Surely the realityis that we want both sides to be presented and, as adults to be allowed an open, free vote on what we, the people, should be doing?

  7. 7 matthu 24/10/2011 at 9:17 pm

    I just listened to John Redwood speaking in the referendum debate broadcast this evening on LBC – and I would only say that I thought he was highly passionate and made a number of very strong points in favour of the motion. I hope he puts his speech onto his blog – I’d be interested to see what you think.

  8. 8 Catherine in Athens 25/10/2011 at 8:05 pm

    John Redwood is a very good MP. His speech of last night is now on his blog and is well worth reading.

  9. 9 Peter T 28/10/2011 at 11:51 pm

    There are few MPs indeed with the ability, logic and intelect which John Redwood exhibits. Why he is not in the cabinet surprises me.

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