Sixty Joyless De-Britished Uncrowned Commonpoor Years (1949-2009)

Elizabeth II Vice-Regal Saint: Remembering Paul Comtois (1895–1966), Lt.-Governor of Québec
Britannic Inheritance: Britain's proud legacy. What legacy will America leave?
English Debate: Daniel Hannan revels in making mince meat of Gordon Brown
Crazy Canucks: British MP banned from Canada on national security grounds
Happy St. Patrick's: Will Ireland ever return to the Commonwealth?
Voyage Through the Commonwealth: World cruise around the faded bits of pink.
No Queen for the Green: The Green Party of Canada votes to dispense with monarchy.
"Sir Edward Kennedy": The Queen has awarded the senator an honorary Knighthood.
President Obama: Hates Britain, but is keen to meet the Queen?
The Princess Royal: Princess Anne "outstanding" in Australia.
H.M.S. Victory: In 1744, 1000 sailors went down with a cargo of gold.
Queen's Commonwealth: Britain is letting the Commonwealth die.
Justice Kirby: His support for monarchy almost lost him appointment to High Court
Royal Military Academy: Sandhurst abolishes the Apostles' Creed.
Air Marshal Alec Maisner, R.I.P. Half Polish, half German and 100% British.
Cherie Blair: Not a vain, self regarding, shallow thinking viper after all.
Harry Potter: Celebrated rich kid thinks the Royals should not be celebrated
The Royal Jelly: A new king has been coronated, and his subjects are in a merry mood
Victoria Cross: Australian TROOPER MARK DONALDSON awarded the VC
Godless Buses: Royal Navy veteran, Ron Heather, refuses to drive his bus
Labour's Class War: To expunge those with the slightest pretensions to gentility
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BIG BEN: Celebrating 150 Years of the Clock Tower

Thursday, 26 March 2009

That Great Tory Tradition

Daniel Hannan, a British Member of the European Parliament, decimates Prime Minister Brown here for presiding over Britain's rapid economic decline. It is enjoyable not just because of the blistering attacks and gifted delivery, but because it reminds me of why Britain was once great.

For on full display here is that wonderful Tory tradition of English Parliamentary debate, that natural ability to cut and thrust through your political opponent until he is reduced to an inadequate heap - the body language says it all, as Gordon Brown diminishes into a rather uncomfortably brave smile. Tories of yore did not just participate in debates, they reveled in them - it was their one and only vocation. Although a self-proclaimed Whig, Mr. Hannan here is putting on a show worthy of an old fashioned Tory. My my, what wonderful, wonderful stuff.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I could have done better.

J.K. Baltzersen said...

Gentlemen,

It is always easy to say you could do better when you're not the one standing up there doing the delivery. This is especially true when you can hide behind anonymity.

Of course, there are things that the MEP could have done better, but it still is a great speech.

That said, Mr. Hannan's status as a tory is highly questionable. Our editor has even asked how low tory can you be and still be a tory.

If you check out the interviews with Neil Cavuto and Glenn Beck, you'll notice that he flirts with American democracy. He even goes so far as to suggesting that "we the people" in a document is better than "His Majesty."

Bolingbroke said...

He's not a Tory, he's most definitely a Whig, which is what I said. I merely stated that he was reveling in debate like a true Tory Englishman.

J.K. Baltzersen said...

Dear "Lord Bolingbroke":

How could I have missed that? My sincere apologies!

J. A. Crisp said...

Yes, I wanted to cheer his speech but then was a little disappointed by his interview on Glenn Beck in which he praised Jeffersonianism and said how much better the US Constitution was for starting out with the words "We the People..." whereas the Treaty of Rome begins with the phrase, "His Majesty the King of the Belgians..." However, that said, I am in agreement with his statement, in that interview which he associated with Jefferson, in the preference for de-centralized authority. I agree with his comment that the more remote power is concentrated the worse the decisions become and while I would not have his same taste in opening phrases for constitutions I would only say that I would oppose the Treaty of Rome being treated as a constitution at all.

DanielCure said...

One would hope that it is only a short matter of time before the current shower are finally thrown out of office!