Tuesday, 24 March 2009

If You Go Down In The Woods Today, You'd Better Not Go Alone

Daniel Hannan's speech to the European parliament is beyond price. The finest, clearest denunciation of the worst Chancellor of the Exchequer, let alone Prime Minister, EVER.

And with pictures of Brown smirking in his seat as he writhes under the lash. Guido has the whole thing.

Text of Hannan's speech (courtesy of Jammy Dodger) as whenever I look again in delight at the Youtube version it keeps breaking up.

Daniel Hannan MEP:

Prime Minister, I see you’ve already mastered the essential craft of the European politician: namely the ability to say one thing in this chamber and a very different thing to your home electorate. You’ve spoken here about free trade – and amen to that. Who would have guessed, listening to you just now, that you were the author of the phrase ‘British jobs for British workers’ and that you have subsidised, where you have not nationalised outright, swathes of our economy, including the car industry and many of the banks?

Perhaps you would have more moral authority in this House if your actions matched your words? Perhaps you would have more legitimacy in the councils of the world if the United Kingdom were not going into this recession in the worst condition of any G20 country? The truth, Prime Minister, is that you have run out of our money. The country as a whole is now in negative equity. Every British child is born owing around £20,000. Servicing the interest on that debt is going to cost more than educating the child.

Now, once again today you try to spread the blame around; you spoke about an international recession, international crisis. Well, it is true that we are all sailing together into the squalls. But not every vessel in the convoy is in the same dilapidated condition. Other ships used the good years to caulk their hulls and clear their rigging; in other words – to pay off debt. But you used the good years to raise borrowing yet further. As a consequence, under your captaincy, our hull is pressed deep into the water line under the accumulated weight of your debt. We are now running a deficit that touches 10% of GDP, an almost unbelievable figure. More than Pakistan, more than Hungary; countries where the IMF have already been called in. Now, it’s not that you’re not apologising; like everyone else I have long accepted that you’re pathologically incapable of accepting responsibility for these things. It’s that you’re carrying on, wilfully worsening our situation, wantonly spending what little we have left.

Last year - in the last twelve months – a hundred thousand private sector jobs have been lost and yet you created thirty thousand public sector jobs. Prime Minister, you cannot carry on for ever squeezing the productive bit of the economy in order to fund an unprecedented engorgement of the unproductive bit. You cannot spend your way out of recession or borrow your way out of debt.

And when you repeat, in that wooden and perfunctory way, that our situation is better than others, that we’re ‘well-placed to weather the storm’, I have to tell you that you sound like a Brezhnev-era apparatchik giving the party line. You know, and we know, and you know that we know that it’s nonsense! Everyone knows that Britain is worse off than any other country as we go into these hard times. The IMF has said so; the European Commission has said so; the markets have said so – which is why our currency has devalued by thirty percent. And soon the voters too will get their chance to say so. They can see what the markets have already seen:

that you are the devalued Prime Minister of a devalued government.


lilith said...

Isn't it divine? Dan the Man.

hatfield girl said...

I keep going back and having another view, L. The great silence has been broken. This should have been done in the House of Commons. Why it hasn't is one of the Mysteries.

How are the G20, the Global Great and Good going to justify their trashing of London for the Glorifying of Gordon next week now?

Sackerson said...

I had given up hope of hearing a politician say it like this. Blew him right out of the water.

hatfield girl said...

I do so admire his courage. Being brave is needed so much on these occasions and being prepared to say what he did.

He's earned the nastiest of enemies today.

Elby the Beserk said...

Watching him on repeat. Old fashioned political oratory from a time past. Nailed the bastard, nailed him good and proper. A lesson for Dave and a tonic for the troops.

Wonder when the BBC will report it?

Nomad said...

At last! Is the dam ever so slightly springing a wee leak?

it's either banned or compulsory said...

Currently 1.2 million views, finally the BBC have put it on their website (bbc.co.uk/newsnight ) and Daniel was interviewed by Kirsty Squawk last night.
The Telegraph asknowledged its most successful blog entry ever and gave it some mention on its inside pages, Thursady and Friday.