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The Ashya King case has brought out the worst in British officialdom NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 17 Hours, 34 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 2 Days, 9 Hours, 38 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 4 Days, 17 Hours, 11 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 5 Days, 21 Hours, 29 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 Week, 1 Day, 7 Hours, 4 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 Week, 2 Days, 22 Hours, 6 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...
What makes some British Muslims become jihadis? NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Week, 4 Days, 21 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
"The experience of many ages proves that men may be ready to fight to the death, and to persecute without pity, for a religion whose creed they do not understand, and whose precepts they habitually disobey." So wrote Thomas Babbington Macaulay, the W...
'So why don't you join Ukip, Hannan?' NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Week, 6 Days, 22 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
The question is put to me, with varying degrees of politeness, 20 times a day – on Twitter, at public meetings and, not least, in the comment threads that follow these blogs. Well, chaps, here’s a collective answer. I have many friends in...
Seventeen years after Dunblane, it's still impossible to discuss the effectiveness of the handgun ban NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 22 Hours, 2 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 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 17 Hours, 21 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 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 20 Hours, 48 Minutes 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 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 11 Hours, 18 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 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 17 Hours, 16 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 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 17 Hours, 53 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 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 20 Hours, 57 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 1 Month, 4 Days, 2 Hours, 40 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 1 Month, 6 Days, 2 Hours, 25 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 1 Month, 1 Week, 2 Days, 10 Hours, 20 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 1 Month, 1 Week, 3 Days, 11 Hours, 49 Minutes 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 1 Month, 1 Week, 6 Days, 8 Hours, 30 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...