Dan Hannan’s message to Gordon Brown
Cranmer has been a little low of late, but this performance by Daniel Hannan MEP cheered him no end.
His Grace had been wondering whatever happened to political greatness. Politics has become tedious, drab, monotone, monochrome. He had come to believe that the age of greatness was past, and contentment with mediocrity symptomatic of an irreparably broken parliament.
But just occasionally, very occasionally, one glimpses something which has a foundation of conviction, authenticity and truth. And it is articulated eloquently by someone with the courage of that conviction. This speech to Gordon Brown in the European Parliament is a classic piece of rhetoric which stems from Mr Hannan’s belief in the classic virtues – truth, goodness, liberty, justice, beauty – expressed through knowledge and reason out of a sense of duty to God and to the common good.
This has been absent from the House of Commons for far too long.
It makes one wonder why Dan Hannan is not at Westminster.