I’d never heard of Daniel Hannan before I saw a brief interview with him on Fox News last year. In the face of the government juggernaut led by President Obama, Hannan encouraged Americans to stand up and be Americans.
Hannan had caught the attention of Fox News because his video takedown of Prime Minister Gordon Brown in the European Parliament — of which he is a Conservative member — had gone viral. “The truth, Prime Minister,” Hannan said to Brown’s face, “is that you have run out of our money.”
“It’s not that you’re not apologizing,” Hannan continued. “Like everyone else I’ve long accepted that you’re pathologically incapable of accepting responsibility for these things. It’s that you’re carrying on willfully worsening our situation…..” Oh, and also this: “You are the devalued Prime Minister of a devalued government.” The video is now approaching three million views. You can watch it on YouTube here, or on Power Line here.
Andrew Ian Dodge provided informative background on Hannan here. I inferred from Dodge’s report that Hannan supported Obama during our presidential election campaign, which was disappointing. Hannan had in fact earlier expressed his support for Obama here. (Hannan subsequently admitted he had erred.) Listening to Hannan addressing Brown last year, however, I wondered: Where is our Daniel Hannan?
Hannan has now written The New Road to Serfdom: A Letter of Warning to America. The new book provides the occasion for Peter Robinson’s recent interview with Hannan. To introduce Hannan, Peter pulls another, equally pointed quote from Hannan’s speech. Speaking as an old-fashioned Churchillian friend of America and of liberty, Hannan is a man to whom attention must be paid. Through our arrangement with the Hoover Institution, we are pleased to present the interview in its entirety.
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“Arise and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time.” Winston Churchill