Dan Hannan: Video

Monday, 18 January 2010

Prompted by this post from Dan Hannan on Withdrawal & Expulsion from the EU (more detail here) I thought I'd check out his latest videos.

DH was recently in New Zealand and gave a wide-ranging speech to the Auckland Business Round Table.  The first video is of the introduction given by Auckland's Mayor, John 'Banksy' Banks, in which he cracks a few jokes and takes a sideswipe at Al Gore as well as addressing New Zealand's financial problems.  The second is the first of seven parts in which DH discusses the level of British debt, parliamentary democracy, the concept of freedom in Europe, the erosion of sovereignty and the state machine.  He also throws in some wonderful anecdotes - the boy in a smoking jacket; Attlee/Churchill in the Gents at the HoC.  A Q&A session kicks in during the first part of Video 4 and we learn more from that. Taken all round it's another cracking speech from Hannan.




Part 2 Speech
Part 3
Part 4 Questions & Answers
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Each part is roughly 9-10 minutes long but well worth viewing.
Quoting Hannan quoting Burke: "Because half a dozen grasshoppers, concealed under a fern, make the field ring with their importunate chink while thousands of great cattle take their repose in the shade of the great British Oak and are silent, pray do not imagine that those who make all the noise are the only inhabitants of the field."
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Allison said...

Thanks for posting this, I liked the Zimbabwe comment on video 5

19 January 2010 at 14:26

You're welcome - I know it's hard to find the time to sit through them but I think they're worth it. I liked his references to Switzerland's democracy - I'd love something like that in England instead of being split into 9 regions of the EU.

19 January 2010 at 20:12