"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Monday, 18 January 2010

Dan Hannan: Video

Prompted by this post from Dan Hannan on Withdrawal & Expulsion from the EU (more detail here) I thought I'd check out his latest videos.

DH was recently in New Zealand and gave a wide-ranging speech to the Auckland Business Round Table.  The first video is of the introduction given by Auckland's Mayor, John 'Banksy' Banks, in which he cracks a few jokes and takes a sideswipe at Al Gore as well as addressing New Zealand's financial problems.  The second is the first of seven parts in which DH discusses the level of British debt, parliamentary democracy, the concept of freedom in Europe, the erosion of sovereignty and the state machine.  He also throws in some wonderful anecdotes - the boy in a smoking jacket; Attlee/Churchill in the Gents at the HoC.  A Q&A session kicks in during the first part of Video 4 and we learn more from that. Taken all round it's another cracking speech from Hannan.

Part 2 Speech
Part 3
Part 4 Questions & Answers
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Each part is roughly 9-10 minutes long but well worth viewing.
Quoting Hannan quoting Burke: "Because half a dozen grasshoppers, concealed under a fern, make the field ring with their importunate chink while thousands of great cattle take their repose in the shade of the great British Oak and are silent, pray do not imagine that those who make all the noise are the only inhabitants of the field."


  1. Great stuff. I've just had a go on my site at a prat [PPC] who thinks the EU is lovely and who thinks you and we are crackpots for wanting out.

    Let's keep at the bastards.

  2. Not got time to view all of those just yet but read Daniels blog entry and some comments.
    I've been pondering for a while what Europe might do should a Con. EU Sceptic/UKIP Government declare UDI, send in the Italians?

  3. Hi James, I think when/if the Conservatives form a government with their promise of 'renegotiating' aspects of the Treaty, people will see for themseves that (a) what the Cons want to renegotiate doesn't go far enough and (b) the EC plays hardball.

    The 80 minutes flew by for me, Banned, so I hope you find time to watch them later. I don't know that we'll ever have a govt with the cojones to withdraw unilaterally and take the flak and legal threats from the EC. As for the Italians - we could just repel them with a cup of English coffee.

  4. I have a piece on Subrosa's Blogspot later tonight GV and Banned.

    Hope you enjoy it if you come over.

    Bugger (the Panda)

  5. GV, thank you!

    I just watched them all as well. Is there any way we can make this man King of the World?

    He is a frikkin genius.

    I have linked to the vids and beret-tipped you over at my gaff.

    Every sitting politician should be made to watch these videos. Over and over, until they get it.

    If we did things Dan's way, we would all be proud once more. Free and proud.


  6. Will do Bugger, thanks :-)

    Hi Cap'n, he is good isn't he? His Q & A took up more time than his speech (slight quibble about not being able to hear the questions though). I liked his comments on Switzerland and referenda - I really think that's the route the UK (or England if push came to shove) should be looking at.

    Douglas Carswell is in the same mould as is Bill Cash who's just introduced a UK Sovereignty Bill; Redwood & Heathcoat-Amory are two more free-thinkers. They're just not given airtime or taken seriously by Cameron who would rather have someone like Ken Clarke on his f/bench.

  7. That's part of the Tory problem though, isn't it? They sacrifice new blood & new thinking for heavyweights like Ken with a couple of decades under his belt.

    Hannan & Co will have their day in the sun, but it may well be far too late.

    It's a damn shame. I would be elbowing my way through the crowds to vote for Dan.

    I will have to settle for an Indy when the time comes.


  8. I read that the manifesto is going to be more radical than anyone suspects - if he wins we'll see how he treats his newly-elected eurosceptic MPs. Apparently this generation are more eurosceptic than the last so he may have a fight on his hands at some stage though I'm assuming they'll all stick together at first for the sake of pulling the economy out of the mire before anyone rocks the EU boat.

    I liked the video No.3 you chose to highlight on your blog - he was in full swing there.

  9. The Tories are a shoo-in but I don't envy them the tasks they face. They have a lot of poop to clean up.

    Manifestoes are meaningless. UKIP took Labour to court and lost. The judge said that manifesto promises were not subject to legal procedure.

    There's a "Get out of jail free card" for every political party. Say what you like, promise whatever wins you the vote, then simply walk away...

    Would that work for any other industry?

    The next few years are going to be ugly.


  10. That's true, it was the Stuart Wheeler case: "manifesto pledges are not subject to legitimate expectation". It's a nasty precedent and everyone should raise it with the door-stepping candidates who want their vote in return for slick promises in a glossy manifesto.

  11. Got to halfay through #6 and the boilerman arived. Great stuff from Dan, I was particularly struck by his observation that when travelling in eastern Europe in the 1980s it was clear that nobody believed in their system and that similarly there are few that believe in the new Europe as it now stands. I had the same experience in Hungary, Romania and what is now Ukraine ( plus Czechoslovakia but could not get off the train since my visa had expired before getting there!).
    At present I know no-one with any level of confidence in the EU higher than indifference. But since it does not, yet, "take away our passports or put us in gulags" what are they going to do about it?


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