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Goodbye and thanks for all the clicks NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 8 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
This is it. The last post. After nearly eight years, Telegraph blogs is coming to an end. It comes as quite a shock to realise that mine is the only column to have been present from the beginning to the end. How things have changed in those eight yea...
Ten observations about David Cameron's speech on immigration NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 3 Months, 4 Weeks, 15 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
1.  The Prime Minister is quite right. Most people in Britain want controlled immigration. Some, it's true, want zero immigration; but a larger number simply want to feel that we are in charge of whom we admit, and in what numbers. At the moment...
What does it mean to be conservative? NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 4 Months, 2 Days, 13 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
Some years ago, while canvassing for his wife in a local election in Wiltshire, Roger Scruton was asked on the doorstep, “What is conservatism, anyway?” The voter had unwittingly put the question to the man who, more than any other, has d...
Is the democratic Left finally turning against the EU? NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 4 Months, 6 Days, 11 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
  “I fell out of love with the EU, and so should you,” writes Mehdi Hassan in the current New Statesman. I hope Mehdi won’t demur when I describe him as a man of the firm Left: open-minded, curious, interested in new ideas, but...
Wrong then, wrong now. Why do we keep listening to the Euro-fanatics? NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 4 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 10 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
The campaign to keep Britain in the EU brings together a familiar coalition. The CBI, the TUC, the NFU, the big corporations, the mega-charities and NGOs, the lobbyists and, of course, that particular type of politician always referred to by newspape...
There are already calls for Juncker to resign. I hate to say 'I told you so'… NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 4 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 9 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
The European Commission is preparing to investigate Luxembourg over secretive tax deals allegedly offered to big corporations. France, Germany and the Netherlands are furious at the behaviour of the Grand Duchy, which they believe has breached the sp...
Thoughts on Guy Fawkes Night NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
It’s difficult to imagine England in November without the haze of light pollution that we now take for granted. It takes a real effort to picture how dark it must have been in 1605. But try. Try to think of what an impression must have been mad...
Eurosceptics are moderate; Euro-integrationists are unreasonable NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 12 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
Euro-enthusiasts trot out the same line whenever David Cameron does something of which they disapprove. The PM, they say, is “caving in to UKIP extremists” or “trying to appease the Tory Right”. I understand why they do it. Th...
Maybe politicians do take voters for granted. But can you blame them? NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 7 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
We’re all familiar with the rap against MPs. They don’t get it, they won’t listen, they take voters for granted, they look down on ordinary people, blah blah. To some extent, this is fair criticism. I may have rattled off a similar...
Why Britain should not opt back in to the European Arrest Warrant – in David Cameron's own words NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 4 Months, 4 Weeks, 13 Hours ago
On 4 November 2009, David Cameron made a speech in which he explained that, following the Czech ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, the Conservatives could no longer hold a retrospective referendum on it. He went on to promise a major renegotiation of...
The EU has just given us another 1.7 billion reasons to leave NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 5 Months, 2 Days, 4 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
If you’re anything like me, you’ll struggle to visualise £1.7 billion – the sum Eurocrats are demanding in a backdated surcharge because Britain’s economy is doing better than expected. To put it in context, £1.7 b...
Tragic and transient, autumn is the loveliest season NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 5 Months, 5 Days, 5 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
We measure out the turn of the year with familiar rituals: All Hallows, Bonfire Night, Remembrance Sunday. Plus, of course, my annual blog about how autumn is the finest season, nowhere finer than on this island. It’s the combination of be...
Life gets better – for most people in most places at most times NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 5 Months, 1 Week, 4 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
How peaceful the Spava seems now, the autumn colours reflected in its stately flow. In May, the river savagely burst its banks, devastating parts of Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia, displacing thousands of people. I'm blogging from Eastern Slavonia, where...
The European Arrest Warrant is a betrayal of our freedoms. Are MPs really going to opt BACK into it? NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 5 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 2 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
One of the saddest meetings I’ve ever had as an MEP was in Athens, with a 20-year-old from Enfield called Andrew Symeou. Two years earlier, Andrew had been celebrating the end of his A-levels on a Greek island. There was a fracas in a nightclub...
David Cameron isn't remotely Eurosceptic; but he alone can deliver an In/Out referendum NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 5 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 13 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
David Cameron is not, on any normal definition, a Eurosceptic. He likes the EU well enough as it is. Sure, he’d ideally prefer to make some tweaks to it; but I have no doubt that, if there were a referendum tomorrow, he’d vote to stay in.
The way to defeat British jihadis is to offer something better NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 5 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 15 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
A Polish friend, an MEP of my sort of age, was telling me the other day about how his life changed when Pope John Paul II toured his home country. The papal visit set in train the events that led to the Gdansk protests and, in due course, the unravel...
Of course Parliament should have precedence over the ECHR. Now how about over the EU? NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 23 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
It’s worth reminding ourselves that Britain already has a Bill of Rights. Lord Macaulay, writing in the 1840s, called it “the germ of every good law which has been passed during a hundred and sixty years, and of every good law which may h...
Nick Clegg has undone 50 years of Liberal recovery NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 20 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
You’d forgotten about the Liberal Democrats, hadn’t you? You vaguely assumed that they must already have held their annual get-together somewhere, and that you had missed it. Once a fixed, if minor, part of the political calendar, the Lib...
Does anyone think that Ed Miliband would be the better prime minister? Anyone at all? NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 17 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
What do you suppose is the biggest item in the budget of a working household? The mortgage? The car? The utility bills? Nope. Far greater than any of these – greater, indeed, than all of them combined – is the tax bill. Because taxation i...
Nine things David Cameron could bring back from Brussels to satisfy Eurosceptics NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 5 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
Eurosceptics, say half-clever columnists, are “unappeasable”. Bien pensant opinion holds that any concession made to critics of the Euro-racket serves only to excite further unreasonable demands. It doesn’t matter what HMG brings ba...