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Does anyone think that Ed Miliband would be the better prime minister? Anyone at all? NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 8 Hours, 10 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 20 Hours, 15 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...
Defections bring out the worst in political parties NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 2 Days, 10 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
Shall I tell you the worst thing about the Conservative Party? It’s the same as the worst thing about Labour, UKIP and the LibDems: the tribalism. Evolutionary biologists have all sorts of explanations for it, involving kinship cohesion and out...
Eurosceptics should support Ukrainian sovereignty NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 6 Days, 20 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
Imagine that, back in February, Russia had sent armoured columns into Ukraine. The world’s response would have been angry, resolute and near-unanimous. Few governments, in the face of such a flagrant challenge to the post-war order, would have...
Scotland's referendum and the positive power of nationalism NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Week, 2 Days, 20 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
In the final days of the campaign, it became all about nationhood. Arguments about sterling and the NHS and oil revenues faded into the background as both sides appealed to their supporters’ patriotism. True, there were two competing patriotism...
Devolution to England is coming. But what form will it take? NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Week, 4 Days, 7 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
1. This is a good argument to be having. The reason it’s happening is that most Scots have voted to remain in the United Kingdom. British identity is something that people value. 2. Devo max for Scotland is inescapable, not only because all thr...
Thank God my country is still intact NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Week, 5 Days, 22 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
Thank God. Just thank God. I don’t much care at the moment whether God is Scottish, and is glowering approvingly at Great Britain from over His bands and Geneva gown, or whether He is English and is raising a glass of sherry with an absent-mind...
The greatest cultural victory of the Left has been to disregard the Nazi-Soviet Pact NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 2 Weeks, 10 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
Seventy-five years ago today, Red Army troops smashed into Poland. Masters of deception and propaganda, they encouraged locals to believe that they were coming to join the battle against Hitler, who had invaded two weeks’ earlier. But, within a...
People vote for optimists – Scottish Labour take note NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 16 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
Almost no one saw it coming. The surge in Scottish separatism over the past three weeks violates an elemental law of referendums: that there is a swing to the status quo during the last phase of the campaign. I’ve watched it happen all over Eur...
The Scottish referendum is bringing devolution to the rest of the UK – and not before time NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 20 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
The best outcome for Scotland is surely full autonomy within the United Kingdom. Holyrood should control transport, education, welfare, health, and the bulk of taxation, leaving Westminster to oversee defence, foreign affairs, immigration and monetar...
Here's the emotional case: Britain is the greatest country on Earth NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 3 Weeks, 9 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
Britons have become diffident about celebrating their nationality. It wasn’t always so; well into the 1960s, British patriotism was seen as an unambiguously positive value, like honesty, generosity or courage. But throughout my lifetime –...
Matthew Parris is unwittingly boosting the anti-EU cause NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 7 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
  I’ve been a paid-up Matthew Parris fan since my teens. Any columnist can write polemic: it’s satisfying, entertaining and predictable. But Matthew has the knack of carrying readers, in his deceptively hesitant and restrained style,...
François Hollande is revealed as a snob – something more common on the Left than you might think NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 19 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
As well as being a bore, a fornicator and a nincompoop, François Hollande stands accused of being a snob. His former mistress, Valérie Trierweiler, has revealed – along with other peccadilloes too excruciating to recount here &nda...
Why do people want to spend their holidays abroad? NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 19 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
Children are heading back to school, a ruddy tint has crept into our trees and hedgerows – it must be time for my annual blog about how wonderful it is to spend the summer in the British Isles. I write with particular feeling this year. I had m...
The Ashya King case has brought out the worst in British officialdom NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 15 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
No time for a long blog today. I’m working on getting my constituents, Brett and Naghemeh King, released from jail and reunited with their sick child. I’m talking to the British and Spanish authorities, and am hopeful that the decisi...
New jobs for the boys, but the same old EU NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Month, 21 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
The EU, these days, is mainly about jobs for the boys. The weekend summit cantered through some other business – the heads of government agreed that Putin was behaving jolly badly in Ukraine and that, if he carried on, the EU might do something...
Douglas Carswell will win big – with implications for both Conservatives and Ukip NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Month, 3 Days, 4 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
As I write, I have 49 requests for a broadcast appearance or a comment on Douglas Carswell’s defection. Well, chaps, here’s a collective response. Even our most cynical lobby hacks haven’t been able to attribute an ulterior motive t...
Rotherham child sex scandal: these children were victims of 'anti-racism' NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Month, 4 Days, 9 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
At least – at least – 1,400 children were abused in Rotherham. The word “abuse” is flexible, but we are talking here, in some cases, of the nastiest forms of exploitation: gang rape, people trafficking, threats against girls&r...
Salmond won the debate, but it will make little difference NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Month, 6 Days, 18 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
Judged purely as a debate, you’ve got to call it for Salmond. This time, he was the one looking assured, whereas Darling was the one who looked hapless and evasive. It was foolish of the former Chancellor to think that he could pull the trick t...
Electing police chiefs was my idea. Ouch! NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Month, 1 Week, 1 Day, 9 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
I won’t deny my paternity. I am as responsible as anyone for having fathered the policy of elected police chiefs. “This thing of darkness,” as Prospero says, “I acknowledge mine.” Thursday's by-election to replace the de...