So apparently the EU has it's own parliament. Being the ignorant backwater American that I am, I had always thought that when the EU met it was just a bunch of ambassadors, not elected officials. You learn something new all the time.
A member of the EU's parliament made a splash recently with this invective against Britain's Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.
Can you hear me cheering over your modem? This is what liberty-minded individuals have been dying to say to American politicans for ages. Thanks, Daniel, for giving us such an eloquent voice.
Mr. Hannan maintains a blog, which I found informative and well written. I wish all politicians made the same effort to explain themselves on a regular basis.
He has a habit of liberally quoting Shakespeare, and ends most speeches with the latin phrase "Pactio Olisipiensis censenda est," which translates roughly as "The Treaty of Lisbon must be put to a referendum." It's a reference to a rhetorical tactic of the Roman statesman Cato the Elder, who made a point of ending every speech with the phrase "Carthago delenda est," "Carthage must be destroyed." Carthage was a military rival of Rome situated in northern Africa. Hannibal of alps-crossing fame was a Carthaginian general.
Can you imagine what people would say about a Shakespeare-quoting Latin-speaking conservative in the States? He or she'd be lambasted as an academic elitist and a snob. No wonder we seldom get to hear rhetoric as well-written as this.