Tuesday 12 May 2009

A bad day for Hannanism

Yesterday was a bad day for the political philosophy of Next Left's favourite Tory Eurosceptic libertarian Dan Hannan MEP.

Firstly, he's going to have to launch a leadership challenge to revive his dream of scrapping the NHS, with David Cameron ruling out Hannanism on health yesterday.

So let me make something clear, in terms that will no doubt disappoint some who dream of replacing the NHS with a different system. The reason we've ruled out changing the NHS to some kind of insurance-based system is not because I'm afraid of saying things the public won't like. There's no plan in the back of my mind to soften people up for ditching the NHS a few years after we've won an election. So those who might be pinning their hopes on a Conservative government, in the end, introducing insurance-based healthcare in Britain: you've got the wrong guy. It's not going to happen. Not in one year, not in five years, not ever as long as I'm in charge.

That might seems a pretty extraordinary statement for a party leader to have to make. But his number one candidate for the European Elections in the south-east has declared the NHS a "mistake". No doubt Hannan is playing a longer game on the NHS. (Should we watch out for that Boris bandwagon?)

Secondly (and perhaps getting rather more to the roots of Hannanism), the Icelandic government now believes it has Parliamentary support to open EU accession talks.

As we noted after the elections, there is all to play for here - with government, Parliament and public all divided over Europe, and so the coalition is relying on some opposition support to get its policy through. Gwladys Fouche notes that a new poll shows support is now running two to one for an application for membership, though that leaves open the question of the decision to be made at the end of the negotiation.

The Prime Minister has said: "We want Iceland as soon as possible to join the European Union and adopt the euro,"

I imagine Hannan will be getting involved in the no campaign, while Brussels is keen to get Iceland in.

But the irony for both sides may be that Iceland within the EU would provide another somewhat sceptical voice consigning the old Federal Europe project to the history books.

PS: But credit where its due: Let's note that Hannan has got the expenses scandals pretty much right, and can claim to have been advocating a sensible reform package for some considerable time. (I don't know I am for fewer MPs and larger constituencies, but several of his other points are good ones, including open primaries).

And I think he's right that the Speaker should go too.


Bearded Socialist said...

I have yet to hear a convincing arguement about why we should have less MPs, other than the "all MPs are crooks" line

w23w said...

Isn't the larger constituencies argument from Hannan just a prerequisite for conservative success after the possible introduction of PR?

FloTom said...

Currently we have a Scottish Parliament, Secretary of State for Scotland, Welsh Assembly, Secretary of State for Wales, Northern Ireland Stormont Parliament, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

You will notice that in there is not one mention of England. That is because even though 80% of the peoples of theses islands live in England and pay taxes in England we are treated as second class citizens by a Scottish Cabal that holds the keys to the government and hate the English.

Speaker Micheal Martin Scottish, Gordon Brown Scottish, Alistair Darling Scottish etc etc.

These Scottish MPs pay evey man woman and child in Scotland under the Barnett Formula £1500 pa more than they pay every English man womand and child.

Recently Brown made a speech about "British Education" what he neglected to say was that any proposals he was making for the so called "British Education" were in fact proposals for "English Education" because Scottish Education is a devoled matter.

This is the man who goes to Scotland and talks about everything Scottish but the minute he speaks in England he speaks about British because he he incapable of saying English.

Thers is a convincing argument for less MP's. An Indpendent English Parliament which will involve the removal of Scottish Northen Irish and Welsh MP's from Westminster.

DavidBrede said...

As I think that Daniel Hannan does represent the dreams of the Tory Party at large he should respond to this by challenging David Cameron as some sort of pinko who should not be leading them at all.