The Daddy of All Speeches on the “European Project”

Here’s British Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan, again, with a barnstorming speech on the reckleee insanity of the European dream, presented in the presence of none other than Valery Giscard d’Estaing, the architect of the abandoned, then resurrected and slightly reworded, European Consitution. [As an aside, why is it that the only source of genuine criticism of the EU comes from the right of the political spectrum? Why does the left offer its unquestioning allegiance to a project that is wreaking havoc and misery among its supposed core constituents?]

The following is a little taster from the closing part of the speech, which I believe perfectly sums up the very grave threat that the mad rush to full-blown political union poses to Europe’s centuries-old democratic tradition:

Democracy is not just a periodic right to mark a cross on a ballot paper. Democracy also depends on an affinity between the governing and the governed; a sense of common identity, of allegiance, of nationhood. You need a demos, a unit with which we indentify when we use the word “We”. We have that sense as Britons, as Germans, as Potuguese. We do not have it as Europeans, and when you take the demos out of democracy, you are left only with the kratos; with the power of a system that must compel by law what it dare not ask in the name of civic patriotism.

Here’s the whole speech:

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