Sunday, June 26, 2016

Brilliant speech by (now former) MEP Daniel Hannan.

This is the exact opposite of the last post.

Two quotes I thought were expressly poignant.

"10 Years ago the EU was taking 55% of British exports.  Last year it was taking 45%.  Where is it going to be in 2030?  Where is that figure going to be in 2050?  How low does it have to go before we drop this bizarre idea that we have to merge our political institutions with those of neighboring countries in order to have a minority say in a declining block?"

"Being a nation means that we are not just a random set of individuals born to another random set of individuals.  It imposes on us a duty to keep intact the freedoms we were lucky enough to inherit from our parents and pass them on to securely to the next generation."

And one more:
"We are a great country and our song is not yet sung. We still have more to give. Though much is taken.  Much abides.  And though we are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are."


Anonymous said...

And MPs within the Labour Party are now saying Parliament should disregard the will-of-the-people vote and decide for themselves to remain or leave. Labour has at least one thing in common with Dem/Liberals - they're always for the people. Unless the people have a different set of ideas than them, then the people are just a stupid lot who don't know what's best for them...Just one more reason for us to never, ever disarm...

PO'd American said...

The next sentence out of their mouth's will be, "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche" Marie Therese.

Chiu ChunLing said...

The auto-caption couldn't handle "Eurocrats" and turned it into "uric rats".

This was even more hilarious because otherwise the excellent diction resulted in a pretty reliable captioning.

As for the content itself, well reasoned and concisely expressed. A bit overly optimistic, the global economy has structural problems in addition to being under deliberate attack by several powerful factions. But Britain won't be better off going down with the EU.

Anonymous said...

Where is our Daniel Hannan?

Oldfart said...

I'm sure he has benefitted from college debate classes. His manner shows it. I was favorably impressed by this speech because it appears to come from his heart, not from a list of "talking points" such as our politicians so frequently use. He must have learned his speaking skills from the same school Winston Churchill did.