While, even now, some high-minded people are getting through, many peerages are going to time-serving quangocrats.
Posts by Daniel Hannan MEP
Daniel Hannan is an MEP for South-East England, and a journalist, author and broadcaster.Follow @
Daniel Hannan MEP: Robert Conquest – historian, victorious Cold Warrior, poet and lover of the limerick
The wholesale and widespread rejection of Marxism-Leninism is a testament to how thoroughly he and his comrades won the argument.
Plus: the four things Labour must do to get back into the game.
Geographical proximity has never mattered less.
As anti-Semitic violence returns to the Old Continent, the Sephardic Jews who repopulated France are leaving in droves. Europe may this time be left truly soulless.
Daniel Hannan MEP: British jihadis and the Charleston murderer have more in common than they might like to admit
Telling British Muslims to rein in ISIS recruits would be as silly as telling white people to rein in the next Dylann Roof.
It has always struck me as among the most problematic of all Shakespeare’s plays. But the director, Jonathan Munby, found a way to deal brilliantly with the difficulties.
Daniel Hannan MEP: Why Cameron should introduce a Sovereignty Act to reassert the supremacy of Parliament
Some ultra-federalist lawyers might protest at such an interpretation. But do you really imagine that anyone would seek to push Britain out over a technicality?
Labour could have done better with a different leader and a different strategy. But its error was its usual one: to assume moral superiority
A Royal Commission should put the options before Parliament in time for a referendum in, say, 2018.
Having failed to destroy the Union by turning Scottish voters against it, Salmond now proposes to do so by turning English ones against it instead.
We must be not so foolish as to vindicate the Wahhabi contention that you can’t be a good Muslim and a patriotic citizen of a liberal democracy.
Daniel Hannan MEP: Scowl, and you’ll help to lose the EU referendum. Smile, and you’ll help to win it.
Reflecting people’s gripes back at them will take you only so far. To get further, you must also offer something better.
Daniel Hannan MEP: Scrap IPSA, keep outside interests, adopt Recall – and free the Commons from professional politicians
Instead of prohibiting second jobs, we should treat serving as an MP as being a second job.
A poem by Oleksandr Oles.