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If Nigel Farage's expenses bother you, vote to leave the EU NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 2 Days, 6 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
I can predict one thing with certainty about l'affaire Farage: OLAF, the EU's anti-fraud office, will not find against the Ukip leader. This is because the sum in question is an allowance, not a claim. It is handed over unconditionally, with no requi...
The Nigel Evans and Maria Miller affairs expose our distrust of democracy NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 3 Days, 6 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
When I was putting together the last AECR social action project, a PR adviser suggested that we should find a discreet way to exclude Nigel Evans from the British contingent. Although nothing had been proved against him, she argued, the charges were...
A calm, reasoned case for Brexit NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 5 Days, 23 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
It is abundantly clear that the UK can have a positive economic future either inside or outside the EU. Canada, a smaller economy than the UK, prospers alongside its much larger neighbour, the United States; New Zealand has forged a successful nation...
Why should Eurosceptics vote Conservative next month? NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Week, 1 Day, 15 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
I believe that Britain will be better off outside the European Union. I want fewer laws, lower taxes, direct democracy, controlled immigration and local devolution. And I'm proud to be standing as a Conservative in the European election on 22 May. Wh...
The margin of Nigel Farage's win was game-changing NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 2 Weeks, 15 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
The betting was always on Farage to walk off with the big-buckled belt and, sure enough, he battered the other fellow almost senseless. YouGov declared him champ by 68 to 27 per cent, ICM by 69 to 31 per cent. That's as big a margin as you realistica...
Can you tell the three biggest Euro-parties apart? NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 15 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Three of the following quotations come from the Party of European Socialist or its presidential candidate, Martin Schulz; three from the European People's Party or its presidential candidate Jean-Claude Juncker; and three from the Alliance of Liberal...
The French have given up on their politicians. Can you blame them? NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 15 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
How apt that faute de mieux – "for want of anything better" – should be a French expression. A great many commentators are currently working themselves into a nervous ecstasy about the success of what they wrongly term "the far Right" in...
Who invented freedom? We did! NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 3 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
The English-speaking peoples didn’t invent democracy. The Athenians were casting pebbles into voting urns when the remote fathers of the English were grubbing about alongside their swine in the cold soil of northern Germany. Nor did they invent...
The real winners, if they play it right, could be Cameron and Miliband NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 22 Minutes ago
Who won? They both did – simply by holding their debate à deux. Ukip are used to being a small party that must fight for every second of airtime; but it's the Lib Dems who, according to the every poll, need the oxygen most...
The BBC will, in effect, be privatised – with vast consequences NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 14 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
  Budgets come and go, but something more far-reaching will take place in the House of Commons today; something that might change our political discourse significantly, benignly and permanently. The Government has indicated that it will back a B...
Corruption is the norm, constitutional liberty the exception NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 4 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
Hands up if you were surprised by the latest FIFA bribery scandal. Anyone? I thought as much. It’s in the nature of global bureaucracies to be venal. The United Nations, the International Olympics Committee, the European Commission – all...
David Cameron wants to stay in the EU on something like the current terms – but he's our only chance of a referendum NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 9 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
Any remaining doubt has evaporated. David Cameron and I will be on opposite sides when the In/Out referendum comes. Yet the fact remains: he represents our only plausible chance of getting such a referendum. It’s now clear that the PM wants to...
Are we still a free people? NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Month, 2 Days, 3 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
The Blogs Editor doesn't much like it when I post speeches, but I'm going to make an exception for this one. It sums up how I feel about the English-speaking peoples, about the uniqueness of our patrimony and the burden of our responsibility, about t...
Tony Benn was a titan. How small his successors seem NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Month, 4 Days, 2 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
I was surprised to find myself choking up when I heard that Tony Benn had died. It's hardly as if we were friends – though he did give me one of the most useful pieces of advice I've ever had: "Young man, never give yer audience yer sheckond be...
Ever wondered why our courts have a Leftist bias? NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Month, 5 Days, 57 Minutes ago
Judicial activism is a problem in almost every country. Judges have a lamentable, if inevitable, tendency to rule on the basis of what they think the law ought to say rather than what it actually says. But here’s a puzzle. Why do they alwa...
I do wish Leftists would stop confusing libertarianism with bigotry NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Month, 1 Week, 16 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
The core value of libertarianism is the autonomy of the individual. Libertarians are repelled by the notion of categorising people by type. They have no time for racism or sexism, nor for the quotas favoured by some declared opponents of racism and s...
Blogs changed everything – if not in the way we expected NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Month, 1 Week, 4 Days, 20 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
It’s a bit of a shock to realise that this blog has now been going for seven years. In the dog-year world of blogging, that makes it almost geriatric. A few are more venerable yet, standing like oaks among the crocuses: Guido, Cranmer, ConHome.
Cledge: a promise that is not meant to be fulfilled NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Month, 1 Week, 6 Days, 16 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
Cledge (klɛdʒ) vb., intr. To make a promise that was never intended to be honoured; to deceive while boasting of one's integrity. n. A false commitment, made cynically. E.g. "No one believes the LibDems will actually raise th...
The Anglosphere is alive and well, but I wonder whether it needs a better name NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 10 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
Australia: dontcha just love it? Its success is a gentle rebuke to the UK: an example of what a common-law, English-speaking democracy can achieve when it lives under its own institutions. You can almost taste the optimism, the patriotism, the confid...
Can Ukraine avoid partition? NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 23 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
I wish it were as easy as goodies against baddies, students against secret policemen, democrats against autocrats. In the early stages of an uprising – what we might call the Arab Spring Phase – Western media, wanting to simplify things f...