The Hannan Speech in Full

(This speech, delivered to Gordon Brown, who had previously addressed MEPs was received by the PM who grinned like an idiot all the way through. Daniel Hannan's addresss is Churchillian in execution; Hannan skewers the PM like a stuck pig. I produce it here as a record of the truth about rotten New Labour and rotten Gordon Brown and also because it will become a speech of historical importance. Scroll down the blog for the video version)

"Prime Minister, I see you’ve already mastered the essential craft of this Parliament – that being 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 tried to spread the blame around, you spoke about an international recession; an international crisis. Well, it is true that we are all sailing together into the squall – 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 up 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 almost 10% of GDP – an unbelievable figure. More than Pakistan, more than Hungary – countries where the IMF has already been called in.

Now, it’s not that you’re not apologising - like everyone else, I’ve long accepted that you’re pathologically incapable of accepting responsibility for these things these things - it’s that you’re carrying on, wilfully worsening the situation, wantonly spending what little we have left. Last year, in the last twelve months, 125,000 private sector jobs have been lost – and yet you’ve created 30,000 public sector jobs. Prime Minister you cannot go on forever squeezing the productive bit of the economy in order to fund an unprecedented engorging 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 place to weather the storm, I have to tell you, 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 the worst placed to 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 30% – and soon the voters, too, will get their chance to say so.

They can see what the markets have already seen: that you are a devalued Prime Minister, of a devalued Government."

(If you needed any proof that the BBC is part of the problem, and most of the rest of the MSM, it didn't even get a mention, not even on the BBC Europe correspondent's blog. I urge everyone that reads this and agrees with it to publish it on their blogs, either the speech or the video or both)


Aye We Can ! said...

Thanks for posting this - it reads as well as it was delivered.

I ain't no Tory, but Brown is the pits. I was once in the Labour party, and even 25 years ago I had him down as a scheming chancer for whom personal power and career advancement was the sole motivation.

I think he must already be the bookies favorite for "worst PM of the 21st Century". He'd certainly win the award for the 20th, were he eligible.

I can't belive the comrades wont just dump him in a midnight coup - as he's surely leading them ( and the country ) to catastophe? But,sadly his neo-Stalinist grip is so great he's even found a way of postponing his own funeral.

But it will all end very badly for him.

Well said Mr Hannan - almost worth an MEP's salarly. And tactically, the BBC "ban" on it is good - it shows the corporation up for the craven institution it has become. It thinks Gordy in Brazil is worth spending a fortune sending Nick Robinson and his crew around the world to report on, but passes on this electric, bang on, and free footage from the European Parliament. And then cries its short of money!

Bu the ban and gives the speech cult, all time underground status -up there with Che and co in my eyes!

Aye We Can ! said...

Oh and just did as you suggested - help spread the word via my blog

I see the Hannan speech as over 600,000 youtube views already - better than Beyonce!

Jim said...

I'd also like to thank you for posting the text, and will link to this post - which might add my mum to your readership...

Anonymous said...

Yes, thanks for posting the text - I've been unable to listen to the speech.

I believe that Nigel Farage also spoke - do you have the text of that?