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The trouble is that Dan is on very slippery ground: he is, as it were, ignoring the elephant in the room. No, not the EU (for so we normally designate "the elephant") but his own party's attitude to that institution.
I have seen no sign that Dave "Buttered New Potato" Cameron is any more anti-EU than the Labour Party are. Yes, yes: he has indulged in the usual mutterings on the theme of "in Europe but not run by Europe"—but we know that this option is not on the fucking table.
In fact, we know—because we have seen it written in an email sent to your humble Devil—that Oliver Letwin, the Tories' Head of Policy, explicitly supports Britain's membership of the EU.
Further, Tory Chairman (at the time) Francis Maude, in a 2006 radio interview, said...
It is not the Conservative Party's view that we should be out of the European Union...
Maude, too, wittered on about reform. These people have no more intention of loosening the EU's stranglehold on our nation than any of the other three main parties.
So yes, Dan, 85% of our laws may well be made in Brussels; the EU may well be a stop to reform of our ailing Parliamentary system; and yes, Dan, the people have indeed realised that there is little point in voting. But your party—the Conservative Party—will not do what needs to be done.
After all, this is the party whose leader in Westminster has said that no Eurosceptic will sit on his front bench. Does that sound like a party that is going to fight for an independent Britain? I think not.
And yes, Dan: we know that the LibDim and Labour MEPs roll over and support "the elites against the people" when voting in the EU Parliament—but so do the Tory MEPs. With the exception of yourself and Roger Helmer, the Tories are every bit as much behind the EU project as the other parties are. In fact, for your delectation, here is a video of Tory MEP Christopher Beazley enthusing about how "national governments are the biggest obstacle to the observation of EU law".
Were Dan Hannan the leader of the Conservative Party—and actively pursuing the kind of policies that he and Douglas Carswell MP outlined in their book, The Plan—then I would almost certainly be a member of said party, and pushing for their election.
If nothing else, just listen and watch as Dan speaks: here is a man talking with conviction, with few notes, and he's talking sense. Further, Hannan does not talk down to his audience: his speeches are peppered with literary references and esoteric vocabulary. He is a delight to listen to because he makes politics sound interesting and daring and, yes, cool.
But Hannan and Carswell are not leading the Tories: the Conservative Party is led by Mr Buttered New Potato and his idiot mates. The Conservative Party is led by a man without conviction, without oratory skill, without new ideas, and without honour. In short, the Conservative Party is not the party outlined by Hannan; the Conservative Party are not going to free us from the tyranny of the EU, or of the associated tyranny of the technocrat; the Conservative Party have nothing new to offer, not even conviction.
And the fact that Hannan has tried to paint them as the anti-EU party when we know that they are not, actually diminishes Dan in the eyes of your humble Devil. To be sure, Dan may not give a shit... but then maybe he will.
I hope so. Because, if there is a decent future for Britain, it will be ignited by men like Hannan. For, as Dan points out—much as V does, in that speech, from the film of V for Vedetta—we, the people of Britain, have allowed all of this, have allowed ourselves to be diminished; and if the majority are to realise, and to change this situation, oratory of Hannan's ilk—eloquent and impassioned—will be the thing to wake them, to stir their souls.
Perhaps you think that I exaggerate? But I think that persuasive speaking is enough to make men rise up, and I shall tell you this: the meaningless platitudes uttered by the Buttered New Potato will not even stir the people from their sofas—let alone fire them up enough to make them rise up and stop the continued rotting away of their freedoms and their country.