With no one to keep us on our toes, we’d become factional, complacent and, in time, sleazy. And what of those voters who believe in what Labour used to stand for?
Posts by Daniel Hannan MEP
Daniel Hannan is an MEP for South-East England, and a journalist, author and broadcaster.Follow @
Daniel Hannan: I’m glad the Turkish coup was defeated – but the country’s future now hangs in the balance
No military coup against an elected government ever improved things. But Turkey’s rulers ought to opt for statesmanship, not vengeance.
Brow-beating didn’t work before the vote and it certainly won’t work now. All sides should be prepared to compromise.
Daniel Hannan: Today’s vote is the culmination of my adult life; but it’s not as big a deal as you might think.
If, as I hope, we vote to leave, we won’t be able simply to ignore the concerns of those who want to stay – and the same logic should apply if there is a narrow remain vote.
Daniel Hannan: The status quo isn’t on offer in this referendum. The choice is more integration – or Leave.
Every Remain ballot will be interpreted in Brussels as a wholehearted endorsement of the European dream.
Nothing in the current campaign gets close to the acrimony that lingered for long years after Maastricht.
Daniel Hannan: Trump’s supporters suspect that snobbish elites disdain the people. And they have a point.
Appealing for “the experts” to be put in charge might get a cheer on Question Time, but experts often get things hideously wrong.
The day after Brexit will look pretty much like the previous day. It’s what happens in the years that follow that will really count.
The pro-EU campaign is the most Eeyorish, doom-obsessed effort I have ever come across. We have a better message than them.
A modicum of sensitivity at Westminster might have seen the Easter Rising fizzle out. Ireland might have evolved peacefully into a self-governing Commonwealth ally.
Time after time, the general population has proved to be wiser than the elites. Until now.
The Oxford Labour Club allegations are just part of a worrying trend, which is rooted in a long and unpleasant history.
In the 1970s, European integration looked like a modern project. Now it looks tired, outdated and wrongheaded.
The whole process has shown beyond doubt that the EU cannot be reformed from within.
Daniel Hannan: Cameron’s strategy for winning the EU referendum – use the word ‘security’ as much as possible
Monday’s announcement on deporting those who don’t speak English wasn’t really about integration or extremism.