Archive for ‘daniel hannan’

May 20, 2009

Daniel Hannan Must Be Stopped!

by Smitty

That man cannot be allowed outbursts of sanity like this:

This is a hate crime against the holy narrative!

April 19, 2009

Well Said, Daniel Hannan

by Smitty (h/t DH’s blog)

[Iain Duncan Smith]’s big idea is very simply stated. Poverty is not simply an absence of money. Rather, it is bound up with a whole set of other circumstances: lack of qualifications, demoralisation, family break-up, substance abuse, fatherlessness. It follows that you do not end poverty by giving money to the poor: a theory that British welfarism has amply demonstrated over 60 years. Only when you tackle poverty holistically will you facilitate meaningful improvement.

April 6, 2009

Daniel Hannan: resisting quangocracy and the EU

By Smitty
Eloquent as when flailing his Prime Muddler, Daniel notes why he shan’t emigrate to the colonies, despite invitations, describing a wonderful day in Shropshire. His conclusion is both complimentary to the Founders and a reminder that we shouldn’t try to suck up all the good leadership in the world.

And where did the ideology that actuated the American Revolution originate? Who first came up with the idea that laws should be passed only by elected legislators? We did. That idea was Britain’s greatest export, our supreme contribution to the happiness of mankind.
Forget subsequent flag-waving histories of the War of Independence, and go back to what the colonist leaders were arguing at the time. They saw themselves, not as revolutionaries, but as conservatives. In their eyes, they were standing up for what they had assumed to be their birthright as freeborn Englishmen. It was Great Britain, they believed, that was abandoning its ancient liberties.
And here, my friends, is Britain’s tragedy. The things those colonists feared – the levying of illegal taxes, the passing of laws without popular consent, the sidelining of Parliament – have indeed come about. They have come about, not as the result of Hanoverian tyranny, but in our own age, driven by rise of the quangocracy* and the EU.
To put it another way, British freedoms thrive best in America, and British patriots should be campaigning to bring them home. I’ll be staying here, Larry, working to repatriate our revolution.

*The initial letters (the first two letters for the first word) of “quasi-autonomous non-governmental organization.”

UPDATE (RSM): Thanks to his recent appearances on Fox News, Hannan is becoming something of a hero to American conservatives. I saw him just this evening on “Hannity’s America,” warning against the consequences of socialized medicine. Good on ya, Smitty, for linking Hannan.

March 29, 2009

The Death of the Nude Eel

by Smitty (props: Instapundit)

The Times pours forth sympathy for Gordy B.:

GORDON BROWN’S carefully laid plans for a G20 deal on worldwide tax cuts have been scuppered by an eve-of-summit ambush by European leaders.
Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, last night led the assault on the prime minister’s “global new deal” for a $2 trillion-plus fiscal stimulus to end the recession.

The same pack of clowns running the show swear (on your next paycheck) that they know how to un-frobnicate the situation. Glad that Angel Merkel, unlike our POTUS, seems to have a pair. More leaders like her, or, even gutsier, Daniel Hannan, please. Daniel’s brilliant Brown bludgeoning bears repeated view and study.

Update: (via Drudge)
Brown’s 1.4 trillion pound leak. I think, in British English, this is called “taking the piss”.

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