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Daniel Hannan (MEP) Rips British PM Gordon Brown to Shreds![video & transcript]

March 25, 2009

The tongue lashing that was heard around the world!

Viral baby! Viral!

Daniel Hannan:

The internet has changed politics – changed it utterly and forever. Twenty-four hours ago, I made a three-minute speech in the European Parliament, aimed at Gordon Brown. I tipped off the BBC and some of the newspaper correspondents but, unsurprisingly, they ignored me


Overnight, the YouTube clip of my remarks had attracted over 36,000 hits. By today, it was the most watched video in Britain.

At the time of this posting the video has received 417,032 HITS! in one days time. Take that Brown you worm!

Update: As of this morning the hits have reached  712,860 (in two days. ) Likely to hit one million by end of the day.

“You are the devalued Prime Minister of a devalued government”

IF ONLY we had a politician with the steel nerve, raw courage and steadfast determination as Daniel Hannan has.

Wannabe despot Prez O could use a stern talking to.

If only…

Daniel Hannan, MEP for South East England, gives a speech during Gordon Brown’s visit to the European Parliament on 24th March, 2009.

The original post at Daniel Hannan’s blog

So I said to Gordon Brown, I said…

Gordon Brown was in town in advance of the G20 summit. There were a couple of things I wanted to tell him on behalf of my constituents:

Link @YouTube

BTW Daniel has also posted the vid at the above post.
Notice the smarmy smirk on Brown’s face. The man has no shame.

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 subsidized, where you have not nationalized 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 apologizing; 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, willfully 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.

Daniel Hannan is a writer and journalist, and has been Conservative MEP for South East England since 1999. He has written eight books on European policy, speaks French and Spanish and is author of The Plan: Twelve months to renew Britain

One Comment
  1. DaMav permalink
    March 25, 2009 9:28 pm

    This guy is one of the strongest voices for economic conservatism I have ever heard, at least in the limited number of videos I’ve heard of him. I wish we could clone him and bring one to the US.

    btw, here’s his website where he also takes on the EU in the same crisp, 2×4 to the noggin style (BIG smile!) And says some great things about the inability of the political elite to control the agenda as is their wont.

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