Decisions, decisions

With one vote only for the European Elections in 2019. Oh, what do?

Do I spoil my ballot paper with a rude comment, fall for the blandishments of The Brexit Party, or not put a cross anywhere?

I did decide to vote, and essentially I voted for the excellent Daniel Hannan. I do hope he gets in, though that’s not certain in these uncertain times.

Theresa May hits back at negative EU briefings

Excuse me, what was Theresa May supposed to say at the dissolution of Parliament – everything is fine and dandy with the relationships with the EU. After learning that the exit bill from the EU is €100 billion, and that the European Court of Justice is required to be the arbiter of EU citizen’s rights when residing in the UK.

She is entitled to object, and in strong terms. I’m not of the opinion, held by many commentators – left and right, that it’s demeaning of the Prime Minister to respond as she did – READ HERE.

I couldn’t put it better than the incomparable Daniel Hannan,

My, that Daniel Hannan MEP does get around a lot

Let me tell you here and now that I’ve met and listened to Daniel Hannan MEP. I have to say it was with huge dollop of respect and no little awe.

Among his many qualities it’s his erudition that impresses. He supports his arguments with illuminating historical precedents and reference to principle. His arguments are made more persuasive because of the depth of research and knowledge. You don’t necessarily have to agree with his arguments, though it’s a huge courtesy to the listener to be so well informed.

Funny that not only was Daniel on the BBC’s This Week programme – giving his Take of the Week. He also has an article in this month’s The New Criterion – ‘America’s leading review of the arts and intellectual life’ – about “The European Parliament’s gargantuan edifices are the perfect symbols of the larger Euro-racket”.

Listening to Daniel HannanHis argument on This Week, which he discussed with Michael Portillo, Diane Abbott, and Andrew Neil, was that we should consider it better to have MP’s having jobs outside parliament than being full time politicians. One interesting point made by Daniel – see the episode HERE – was to do away with all the quango’s regulating MP’s. Simply expressed as ‘replacing the culture of compliance with a culture of conscience’, where the final arbiter is the ballot box.

I’ll say it again. I can happily listen to Daniel Hannan all day. Informed debate is so much more instructive, illuminating, enjoyable, and responsible than the loudly delivered tribal party lines.

Daniel Hannan sets out ideas on UK-wide devolution

Comments from MEP Daniel Hannan, in – UK-wide devolution will change everything – here are some brief thoughts on why – in the Daily Telegraph prove to me that there’s plenty of lively ideas about constitutional change without having to wait for a long winded constitutional commission.

Ten things you should know about the EU budget

In my mail this morning were leaflets from two of my MEP’s, Nirj Deva, and that ultra-splendid chap, Daniel Hannan. Daniel is raising a petition to cut UK contributions to the EU budget, and has produced this leaflet showing 10 things we should all know about the EU budget. Email daniel.hannan@europarl.europe.eu with your name and address and constituency to support his most excellent campaign.

 Hatip: Tim Montgomerie’s twitterpic, better than my scanned image

Steadiness under fire

Continuing with my theory that being a good political communicator is a rare skill. I picked up from Eric Pickles being underestimated, in Daniel Hannan’s blog about an Eric Pickles interview, a link to a video clip. I watched and agreed with Daniel, a rare skill to exhibit such steadiness under fire.

Here’s what Daniel says about the short video clip of an Eric Pickles interview with the Economist,

“He can’t be enjoying the line of questioning, but he remains calm, courteous and convincing. He repeats, in simple language, why we need to cut the deficit: “we’re in a tight place”, he says, and if cuts are deferred, they will be more painful when they come, especially for poorer people. You feel that it would take a great deal to faze this man – which, given the mess Labour has created, is a reassuring thing to feel.”

Three of the best

My choice for this weekend’s best three articles, blogs, or video’s are: