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Latest posts
People vote for optimists – Scottish Labour take note NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Day, 8 Hours, 5 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 5 Days, 12 Hours, 9 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 1 Week, 18 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 1 Week, 1 Day, 23 Hours, 10 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 1 Week, 5 Days, 11 Hours, 4 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 1 Week, 6 Days, 10 Hours, 56 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 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 6 Hours, 32 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 Weeks, 2 Days, 22 Hours, 36 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 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 6 Hours, 8 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 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 10 Hours, 26 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 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 20 Hours, 1 Minute 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 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 11 Hours, 3 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 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 10 Hours, 56 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 4 Weeks, 11 Hours, 25 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 1 Month, 59 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 1 Month, 2 Days, 20 Hours, 18 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 1 Month, 3 Days, 23 Hours, 45 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 1 Month, 6 Days, 14 Hours, 15 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 Month, 1 Week, 2 Days, 20 Hours, 13 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 Month, 1 Week, 4 Days, 20 Hours, 50 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...