James Woudhuysen was born and raised in South London. A grandfather today, he became a political activist in his teens, graduating in physics at Sussex University.
Before now, James was head of research at High Street retail designers Fitch, a specialist in cities and IT at the Henley Centre for Forecasting, and head of worldwide market intelligence at Philips consumer electronics in the Netherlands.
For his advice to companies on technological innovation, James has been hired worldwide. As his website confirms, he writes about EU, China, India, Africa and the US. He co-authored Why is Construction so Backward? in 2005 and Energise: A Future for Energy Innovation in 2009. He is the editor of Big Potatoes: the London Manifesto for Innovation. In 2019 he published The Political Economy of Informal Events, 2030. Among other subjects, he consults in and writes about housing, energy, transport and manufacturing.
A visiting professor at London South Bank University, James writes for
www.spiked-online.com and is frequently interviewed on Sky News.
“I’M STANDING FOR THE BREXIT PARTY to resist the EU’s incursions on British democracy. Having done business around technological innovation for 40 years, I know how unelected and penny-pinching EU officials steer innovation policy and spending away from what’s urgent for Britain.
“In the UK we need to develop new sectors that create wealth and durable jobs. We need robotics for our hospitals and care homes, and high-tech leisure events to revive our High Streets. But Brussels would rather not take risks. Its idea of innovation is for voters to conduct ‘sustainable lifestyles’ and pursue ‘behavioural change’.
“The EU’s myopic and unambitious line on innovation matters to Carshalton and Wallington. There, trains are frequently overcrowded, while both Wi-Fi and broadband are mediocre. This constituency deserves great transport and IT as much as any other.
“Real UK innovation in manufactured housing, and in energy supply – each the subject of a book of mine – can also wait no longer. I aim to end the waiting, end all officialdom’s fudges and smokescreens in industrial strategy, and get on with the genuine article, informed by democratic debate and accountability.”