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Daniel Hannan – it’s make your mind up time

If ever there was a politician that talks the right talk, but doesn’t quite walk the right walk, it’s Daniel Hannan. His oratory is splendid, his views on liberty and freedom are exemplary and he writes some strongly-worded pieces that are extremely critical of the European Union and our membership terms.

And to prove his “right talking” credentials, he is extremely sympathetic to the Ukip leanings of his Tory constituents. Witness, for example, this leaflet recently circulated in Dorking (although the content may well have had wider distribution in other constituency “In Touch” magazines, given he is the #1 MEP Candidate for the Conservatives in the South East), in which he says:

“We would urge anyone by all means to use the European Election to protest by voting UKIP. Let me just repeat that. We would urge anyone by all means to use the European Election to protest by voting UKIP”


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Impressive stuff, a Tory MEP recommending his constituents vote for another party. Of course, Dan knows he is not personally threatened – as #1 on the list he is assured his place there and all the polls consistently give the South East Conservatives 3 seats, so he is helping to do Marta Andreasan (a defector from UKIP) and Richard Robinson out of a job.

However, what is really rich is that in the “In Touch” magazine, Daniel goes on to say this:

This is why the Conservative Party is the only party that will offer an ‘In-Out’ referendum on Britain’s membership to the EU

Now, come on Dan, you know that this “promise” is not worth the paper it is written on, for the following reasons:

  • “Cast Iron Dave”  has already let us down with one promised Referendum we haven’t had
  • Cameron is also obfusticating the Referendum with this mythical “renegotiation” which Barroso, Reding, Merkel and others have all said is impossible. “Cast Iron Dave” will get a few crumbs that he will then dress up to the electorate as major concessions, just like he did the EU budget reduction, which was soon restored to the EU’s benefit.
  • David Cameron is a thoroughly committed Europhile, who has said on more than one occasion that, no matter what reforms (or none) are accomplished, he will be campaigning to keep Britain within the EU.
  • But it gets worse – he may be learning a few tricks from our European masters when it comes to referenda. In an interview with the Spanish El Pais newspaper when asked whether he would honour an “Out” vote  by the British people in a referendum, he replied “I would not like it” (“No me gustaría”), although stopped short of saying “No”. 

Daniel knows all this, so what’s his game? If he were an honourable man who sticks to his principles, when UKIP have routed the Tories into third place in the Euro elections, he should defect to UKIP.

However, I suspect he won’t. He’ll carry on as before, talking the talk, but never quite walking the walk. Prove me wrong Dan.

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Brian Otridge
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Brian Otridge was Editor-in-Chief of UKIP Daily for 2 years till March 2016. He has been an aircraft engineer, currently works in the IT Industry and also enjoys writing on a wide variety of subjects. He was the UKIP Parliamentary Candidate for Southend West in Essex in 2015, but now lives in Lancashire

9 Comments on Daniel Hannan – it’s make your mind up time

  1. The Emperors New Clothes // June 27, 2014 at 9:20 pm //

    With Daniel it’s a puzzle I must admit myself. He stands in a party clearly pro EU,with 3 EU treaties to its shame, under its belt, that have caused a terminal cancer to UK independence, yet he himself is a Tory MEP talking like a UKIPper
    1/ Maybe it’s a case of the “Judas goat”, the goat that leads lambs to the slaughter, but of course, the goat is spared. Stray eurosceptic voters fooled into voting Tory?

    2/….”he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and
    he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that
    lies deep in the hearts of all men.”… Cicero (enemy at the gates)

    He is clearly not a traitor within the gates as such, but it is something between the two. A judas goat would use techniques to get its “followers” into the slaughter house, so he will talk the talk, and walk the walk, but only walk so far. Maybe option 3 is the closest.

    3/ A Siren. In Greek mythology, the Sirens were dangerous yet beautiful creatures, portrayed as femme fatales who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island.

    The Tories have been playing this game of sounding Eurosceptic, but at the same time doing pro-EU. They’ve been doing this for as long as I can remember. It was them that entered the UK into the Common Market and it was them that also helped to set up the European Union, and gave away our veto. All the time sounding “eurosceptic”.

    Fool me once, shame on you, fool me three(sic) times shame on me. Daniel Hannon can say what he likes, I’ll be voting UKIP.

  2. Noel Matthews // May 20, 2014 at 3:17 pm //

    Hanna is first and foremost committed to conservative values continuing to exist under the description “conservative”. That is primary goal in all he does. He wants out of the EU, so do UKIP. His belief is that with exit achieved UKIP will have no reason to exist. Once you know that, then you know what you are dealing with.

  3. Many, many interviews including Farage of late have worryingly seen the media doing exactly what they aim to do- and Farage complying every time: Taking UKIP off message, taking Farage up cul-de-sacs in interviews, making him defend everything and taking the conversation off the EU issues that so many have attracted people to the party, namely ~70 % of laws being made by unelected people in Brussels, open door EU immigration and lose of sovereignty as a nation.
    I don’t see why he even bothers to answer the side tracking questions, especially so near to polling day.
    The media are doing everything to take UKIP of message and he’s biting in interviews of late every time.

  4. Hannan, Carswell, Cash. Plastic Eurosceptic’s with barely an ounce of the courage of Nigel Farage. As for a split as suggested above, and UKIP get MP’s, those MP’s will need spads. Start with the names above.

  5. We must not be to critical of Mr Hannan. Yes, he is a member of the Conservative Party, which should mean we should feel sorry for him, as he still believes that his party has the monopoly on the right wing. It is the conservative ethos he has that makes him believe that the Conservative Party, as it has existed for 180 years, will exist for 100 years more. This is wrong. Soon the Conservative Party will split into several different parties, and one may very well merge with UKIP because of similar ideology. Do not fear career politicians. They will always be there. Do not hate or love them. They are, in some cases a necessary evil. I send this message even though Mr Hannan is not a career politician because he was a journalist before hand. The only way Dan and others of his ilk will defect is in the situation above where the Conservative Party split, or if the central party management come out fully as Pro-EU. If and when these thing happen, do not criticize them, welcome them into the fold and forgive their sins.

    Thanks you.

  6. He would have more credibility were he to defect before Thursday. But it isn’t going to happen.

  7. Many of us have come to the conclusion that Daniel Hannan is a Judas Goat. He tries, with his careful criticism of the EU, to inveigle us to ‘come back’ into the arms of the Tory Party, because ‘only Cameron promised the referendum’ etc. and a party where he’s a prominent member can’t be all that bad, now can it! All reasonable chaps together, and if it doesn’t work out, well, it’s only a few more years down the road to ever closer union – success!
    I for one would not like to see him become a member of UKIP. If he’d had the courage of his ‘convictions’, he’d have changed over at least a year ago. He didn’t.
    I prefer the honesty of a Lord Tebbit who clearly said that while sympathetic, he wouldn’t leave his party, not at his age.
    Hannan, as his MP colleague Carswell, have been dazzling to deceive.

  8. I think you are being a little generous, Brian.

    There are many Tory MPs that are reported to be ‘sympathetic’ to UKIP’s position and even stories of some who will be voting for UKIP on Thursday – but let’s remember that these people are career politicians.

    At the moment, Dan isn’t sure how long the UKIP phenomenon will last. He acknowledges that we are passionate but he isn’t prepared to bank his career on the longevity of that enthusiasm remaining with sufficient people to ensure permanent UKIP MEPs.

    Dan is aware of this criticism and his answer is that he does wish us to leave the EU and would like to see his own job disappear – but I’m afraid that his actions do not match his fine words. He remains loyal to the openly Europhile David Cameron and a Conservative Party that has no intention of leaving the EU following an “out” vote in 2017.

    We will find that, as it becomes apparent that UKIP are here to stay, many Tory MPs will switch their allegiance to UKIP. I hope we have the good sense to reject them as mere opportunists.

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