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Seventeen years after Dunblane, it's still impossible to discuss the effectiveness of the handgun ban NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 2 Days, 14 Minutes ago
  I can’t remember a crime that traumatised Britain as much as Dunblane did. Abominations come and go, but this one was different. Perhaps the ordinariness of the setting made it more immediate to most of us than news from Syria or Nigeria...
Immigration controls are not why we should leave the EU; they're an extra bonus NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 4 Days, 19 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
First, an important qualifier. Migrant workers from Central and Eastern Europe are not “taking our jobs”. There are 1.8 million more people in work in Britain than there were in 2010, and 15,000 new jobs are being created every week. The...
We should pay MPs less for doing less NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 5 Days, 23 Hours ago
We don’t like MPs. They are, we assure one another, a bunch of unemployable layabouts, guzzling at the teat of public funds. Read the letters pages, listen to the phone-ins, follow the comment threads: everyone agrees that politicians are doing...
Never mind Game of Thrones: watch the original NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Week, 1 Day, 13 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
What’s your favourite Shakespeare play? Actually, let’s narrow the question down a bit. Harold Bloom remarked that, taking the four great tragedies as a given (Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, King Lear) every Shakespearean had a special tendres...
Yes, we do sometimes give Israel the benefit of the doubt – and for good reasons NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Week, 4 Days, 19 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
When the current Israeli ambassador, the able and amiable Daniel Taub, presented his credentials to the Queen, she asked him how it felt to be serving as an ambassador to the land of his birth. Taub, who comes across as very British – he’...
Wanting to leave the UK is not the same as wanting to leave the EU NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Week, 6 Days, 20 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
The rest of the world applies a curious double standard to Britain’s twin secession debates. You want Scotland to leave the United Kingdom? Radical, groovy, progressive! You want the UK to leave the European Union? Nasty, bigoted, racist! Perha...
The real tragedy of the First World War is that we had a choice about whether to fight it NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 23 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
For the past three months, I’ve been reading Richard Preston’s summaries of this newspaper’s stories from 1914. At first, with the Sarajevo shooting still, as it were, in the future, I browsed fitfully. But as the reports began to t...
Lower, flatter, simpler taxes will help everyone – especially the poor NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 14 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
There’s a silly piece in the Daily Mirror accusing Oliver Letwin, Minister of State at the Cabinet Office, of planning “tax-cuts for the super-rich”, which are supposedly to be “funded by millions on lower pay”. There&rs...
Left-wing anti-Semitism is anything but a new phenomenon NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 14 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
“How, as a socialist, can you not be an anti-Semite?” Adolf Hitler asked his party members in 1920. No one thought it an odd question. Anti-Semitism was at that time widely understood to be part of the broader revolutionary movement again...
Cybernats are undermining their own side in the referendum. Will cyberkippers do the same? NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 22 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
“It’s not so much the stats that have convinced me,” says a friend in Aberdeen, “it’s the people”. She has voted for three different parties including the SNP, enthusiastically backed devolution in 1998, and was op...
Does anyone really want a settlement in the Middle East? NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 1 Minute ago
What is Hamas trying to achieve by firing rockets into Israel? I’m not asking about its right to do so, or what the alternatives are, or the pros and cons of the whole 70-year-old dispute. I’m asking a narrower strategic question. What ar...
Opponents of the EU-US trade deal should watch this video NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 20 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
It’s already clear what the first big dispute in the new European Parliament is going to be. Should the EU sign a free trade agreement with the United States and, if so, on what terms? A number of MEPs distrust free trade in their bones. Almost...
What will it be, Mr Putin – the rule of law, or savagery and ostracism? NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Month, 1 Day, 5 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
Lord Palmerston was our last Whig prime minister, and probably the most ebullient patriot ever to have occupied 10 Downing Street. When a French Ambassador politely told him, "If I had not been born French, I should wish to have been born British," P...
We can't be half in the ECHR – we should leave cleanly NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Month, 3 Days, 7 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
Either we’re in or we’re out. There is no way of signing up to the European Convention on Human Rights without accepting the ultimate jurisdiction of its court in Strasbourg. The various compromises being kicked around in the Conservative...
'Diversity' has come to take on almost the opposite of its literal meaning NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Month, 4 Days, 8 Hours, 1 Minute ago
Where does it come from, this curious idea that the House of Commons should mirror the country in terms of race and sex rather than opinion? Behind all the talk of “looking more like the country” and “culling middle-aged white men&r...
Jean-Claude Juncker begins by praising his hero and inspiration, Jacques Delors NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Month, 5 Days, 8 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
The EU has been shaken by the crisis of monetary union. The recent elections have seen unprecedented advances by Eurosceptic parties. But the answer in Brussels is still, as it always is, “more Europe”. Addressing MEPs this morning, Jean-...
If it weren't for the bloody EU, Germany would be our strongest European ally NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Month, 6 Days, 2 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
“When the EU eventually collapses,” a student friend told me 24 years ago over a pint at the Bear, “it’ll be because of anti-German feeling in Europe.” “No,” I replied after a pause, “it’ll be bec...
Will the BBC screen Russell Crowe's Noah, despite its heretical attitude to climate change? NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Month, 1 Week, 1 Day, 7 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
I started watching Noah on a longhaul flight the other day. It’s a terrible film, and I switched off after half an hour, just as Russell Crowe was saying something like: “A flood may not be stopped; but it may be survived!” As our p...
Europe is dying, says France's leading demographer, and Britain would be better off with the Anglosphere NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Month, 1 Week, 2 Days, 14 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
One of this blog's constant themes is that Britain is shackled to a corpse: the EU is the only trade bloc on the planet that is not growing economically. It's important to understand that this decline is not a temporary blip. Although the euro crisis...
The Faroese have won their fisheries dispute with the EU. Feeling a bit ashamed, Britain? NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Month, 1 Week, 4 Days, 1 Hour, 43 Minutes ago
I used to think that Icelanders were the most stubborn, bloody-minded, brave, uncompromising Eurosceptics on the planet. Then I met the Faroese. Iceland is a frozen lump of tundra, 600 miles from the nearest continent and horribly dark in winter. But...