Wednesday, March 25, 2009

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.

27 Comments:

Blogger North Northwester said...

The very week when Labour actually get something halfway right for the first time in...four years? and this has to happen.
How sad.

Oddly, it's not on the BBC website yet.

http://search.bbc.co.uk/search?tab=all&q=Daniel+Hannan%2B2009

http://search.bbc.co.uk/search?tab=all&q=Nigel+Farage%2B2009

Must be that unique funding slowing them down.

25 March 2009 at 07:52  
Blogger Justin Brett said...

I think Your Grace's last two comments are connected. There is no place in Westminster for common sense, reason or strongly held belief...

25 March 2009 at 07:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is simple, your grace.

Mr. Hannan is one of those politicians who revels in being politically mischievous while at the same time righting wrongs. Sadly, at Westminster there is less chance to do this, so I doubt he'd be in his element there.

25 March 2009 at 08:03  
Blogger berenike said...

I just wish it was Blair taking the flack.

25 March 2009 at 08:17  
Blogger Bert Rustle said...

Archbishop Cranmer wrote ... It makes one wonder why Dan Hannan is not at Westminster. ...

Because 80% of the governance of the UK emanates from Brussels?

I would hazard a guess that he would have to agree to being bound and gagged if he stood for the Establishment Party. If he was an Independent MP, would he receive greater Drive-By Media coverage than he currently achieves as an Independent MEP?

No mention on the BBC Radio 4 Today program so far. Presumably this is typical of the Drive-By Media.

However, the response of the Blogging Classes brings to mind that a .... candid [politician] should acknowledge that he is not very likely to have arrived at ultimate [pay dirt], but, in view of the incurable tendency to discipleship in human nature,[emphasis added] he will be thought to have done so unless he makes his failure very evident ...

25 March 2009 at 08:49  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

Very impressive, articulate and a great presence.

What did our dear leader say to that?

25 March 2009 at 09:13  
Anonymous Nelson said...

Dan Hannan & Nigel Farrage should get together & form a new political party, perhaps with Your Grace involved as well, their MUST be some honest men left out there with integrity. They would sweep the board.

25 March 2009 at 10:36  
Blogger Dave said...

Marvellous. Does anyone know if transcripts of the simultaneous translations are available?

25 March 2009 at 11:01  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Brilliant speech. Daniel Hannan is to be congratulated. Shame I won't be able to vote for him. I wonder if he'll consider moving north...?

25 March 2009 at 14:01  
Anonymous William said...

I had no idea we still had politicians who could combine conviction, analysis and oratory to such effect. What indeed is he doing languishing in the European Parliament? Nothing anyone thinks, says or does in that place has any positive effect upon real life. Let him go eyeball to eyeball with the Brownites across the Despatch Box!

25 March 2009 at 16:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

America needed a Daniel Hannan. Instead we got a Barack Obama.

Maybe there is still hope.

25 March 2009 at 18:17  
Blogger Bishop Alan Wilson said...

Your grcae, as a student of Victorian history, this speech is way up with the greatest — certainly the best political oratory I have heard of this century. Many thanks for bringing it to light

25 March 2009 at 19:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gnostic said...
Brilliant speech. Daniel Hannan is to be congratulated. Shame I won't be able to vote for him. I wonder if he'll consider moving north...?

And my prospective Conservative candidate for the next election is an eighteen year old Hull University student.Makes you wonder if they want to win.

25 March 2009 at 19:52  
Blogger Young Mr. Brown said...

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25 March 2009 at 22:03  
Blogger Young Mr. Brown said...

It makes one wonder why Dan Hannan is not at Westminster.

Actually, it made me wonder why is not the leader of Her Majesty's loyal opposition.

But then I suppose I am hopelessly idealistic.

25 March 2009 at 22:05  
Anonymous ukipwebmaster said...

Dan and Nigel, sounds good!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDwQEEAZhWM

And here's John and Dan:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=283UiAMk_As

25 March 2009 at 22:33  
Blogger ZZMike said...

All I can say, from this side of the pond, is ... Wow!

It reminds me of the old days in Parliament, when guys like Disraeli or Churchill would get up and rattle off a speech rivaling Cicero's - and it seems like that happened almost all the time. (Not that I was there ...)

The ill-treatment afforded Mr Brown by our own Solomonic leader pales by comparison.

I'll wager that Mr Brown wished he'd never stood for election.

Clever, though, the way the cameras hid Mr Hannan's teleprompter .....

I'll be listening to that now and again, to remind myself what real speechifying is like (that's an Americanism.....)

I note a complete absence of "..umm ...", "..., you know,...", "..,er,.."

"You cannot spend your way out of recession or borrow your way out of debt." Our own leader really ought take notice of Mr Hannan.

I notice from Mr Hannan's blog that attempts by the BBC &c to bury the story have been soundly unsuccessful.

25 March 2009 at 23:05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The BBC showed about 30 seconds of Dan Hannan's speech and I am unable to access his blog. That 30seconds was worth 30 minutes of Brown's excuses and buck-passing on the economy. Mr Hannan is desperately needed at Westminster not at the useless European talk shop. All our laws are now coming from unelected beaurocrats in Brussels not the European Parliament.

26 March 2009 at 13:33  
Anonymous Aaron said...

Were that we had an orator like that in the GOP. I find myself stunned, however, that the bloke who made this brilliant speech shilled for Obama before the election. Reading through his blog, it seems he mistook Obama for a bipartisan pol. Obama is, in fact, as all evidence and history points to, the most left-wing ideologue ever to occupy the Oval Office. For some reason there seems to be a reluctance by British conservatives to see him for who he really is. Now no conservative was happy with McCain, but the damage done by him are many degrees removed from the damage wrought by Obama's agenda. The inability to see Obama for who he really is, and what he represents, is truly disappointing. If we cannot make a stand against this, what WILL we stand for.

26 March 2009 at 14:33  
Blogger rockwebmedia said...

Mainstream media ignored this slam of socialism, but Jay Leno slams Obama in this video with the c-word (communism):


http://tinyurl.com/c4vkpq

26 March 2009 at 15:07  
Blogger rbblum said...

Words that resonate to fiscally
responsible people around the world.

Perhaps Daniel Hannan would lead America's next tea party . . . soon.

26 March 2009 at 16:54  
Anonymous North Northwester said...

William said...
"What indeed is he doing languishing in the European Parliament? Nothing anyone thinks, says or does in that place has any positive effect upon real life. Let him go eyeball to eyeball with the Brownites across the Despatch Box!"
Europe is where 80% of our new laws are made.
He's in the right place.
Unfortunately.

Aaron said...

" there seems to be a reluctance by British conservatives to see him for who he really is"

No reluctance where I'm standing, Aaron.

26 March 2009 at 17:27  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Here's Tom Harris reverting to type and attempting to monster Daniel Hannan's speech. Nearly every subsequent comment disagrees with his opinion. Even having read them Harris simply just doesn't get it...

http://www.tomharris.org.uk/2009/03/26/daniel-hannan-for-tory-leader-sign-me-up/#comments

26 March 2009 at 20:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was bloody great!

26 March 2009 at 22:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr.Daniel Hannan is gathing a following here in the United States. I wish our politicians would take heed to his words and have the backbone to stand up like he did.

26 March 2009 at 22:39  
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26 March 2009 at 22:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well. If this is what an Englishman can still do, there yet may 'always Be an England.' Even in light of Brussels.

I had given up hope long ago, dear Sir, that ANYONE in the UK gave a d*mn about their homeland. I see I was wrong.

We, (over here across the pond) can't even determine whether or not the Occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is a 'natural born citizen'; which only confirms my notions that Anglo-Americans are becoming as IQ-deficient as those of a 'standard deviation' below the norm of 100, who also inhabit these shores.

I shall return, and 'read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest' what is written here. Both to rest assured that someone knows what it is to be an Englishman, and for the salvation of Christendom.

For, as Belloc so pithily put it, "Europe is the Faith; the Faith, Europe."

Not Rome, not Cantuar, and certainly not Brussels.

Many years.

Fr. John
www.thewhitechrist.wordpress.com

5 February 2010 at 15:48  

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