Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Daniel Hannan: He Doesn’t Speak Just for the South of England Anymore

That takedown of Gordon Brown on You Tube by Mr. Hannan definitely has a place in “The Best Moments of 2009”.

Like a few other Brits - Pat Condell is one - Mr. Hannan reminds us why the you can’t beat the speechifying of an Englishman who has taken umbrage at your point of view. None of our politicians or public figures comes close to Hannan’s or Condell’s ability to make a point with succinctness and flair.

Mr. Hannan has his own blog, and he was taken aback at the reception his You Tube speech received. After all, he’s put up over sixty of his video speeches and they've drawn a small audience so far.

Guess it shows you what a difference Drudge makes:

The internet has changed politics - changed it utterly and forever. Twenty-four hours ago, I made a three-minute speech in the European Parliament, aimed at Gordon Brown. I tipped off the BBC and some of the newspaper correspondents but, unsurprisingly, they ignored me: I am, after all, simply a backbench MEP.

When I woke up this morning, my phone was clogged with texts, my email inbox with messages. Overnight, the YouTube clip of my remarks had attracted over 36,000 hits [now at ~178,000 views -- D]. By today, it was the most watched video in Britain.

How did it happen, in the absence of any media coverage? The answer is that political reporters no longer get to decide what’s news.

The days when a minister gave briefings to a dozen lobby correspondents, and thereby dictated the next day’s headlines, are over. Now, a thousand bloggers decide for themselves what is interesting. If enough of them are tickled then, bingo, you’re news. (Huge thanks to all those who linked: Guido, Iain Dale, Tim Montgomerie, James Delingpole, Donal Blaney, Dizzy, Devil, James Forsyth, PoliticalBetting, Gerald Warner and the rest. And jumbo thanks to all the American bloggers: you chaps are way ahead of us in this regard.)

What caught their attention? To be honest, I’m slightly perplexed. I have been making similar speeches every week and posting them on YouTube for the past seven months. I made one just now: 60 seconds on how Brussels is spraying money at the European Investment Bank (see above clip). Perhaps people felt frustrated about the way Gordon Brown had carried on without once asking for their votes. Perhaps they would have loved to tell him what they thought of him, but lacked the opportunity.

The last two paragraphs are the money quote. Here he gives voice to all those who are sooo tired of the gatekeepers who muffle voices like those of Pat Condell and Mr. Hannan:
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Breaking the press monopoly is one thing. But the internet has also broken the political monopoly. Ten or even five years ago, when the Minister for Widgets put out a press release, the mere fact of his position guaranteed a measure of coverage. Nowadays, a politician must compel attention by virtue of what he is saying, not his position.

It’s all a bit unsettling for professional journalists and politicians. But it’s good news for libertarians of every stripe. Lefties have always relied on control, as much of information as of physical resources. Such control is no longer technically feasible.

Now all America needs are a few Hannans and Condells to articulate our frustrations at the ineptitude and corruption of our putative “leaders”.

Well done, sir.

If you’d like to buy his book, The Plan: Twelve months to renew Britain, go here.

I strongly urge you to click on the URL to his post and read some of the comments. They will remind you why we love the Brits.


Tuan Jim said...

Well, now that you mention US commentators - not quite as serious - Steven Crowder put up one on illegal immigration.


Winston Smith said...

Times are changing in the UK.
Although many Americans believe otherwise, the people are really angry with the politicians.
Expect to see more Daniel Hannans and Pat Condells spring up all over the Internet.

Those who wish to destroy Western civilisation, their greatest enemy IS the Internet. We have the freedom to search and find not 'accept what you're given' from the MSM.

Well done Hannan and Condell. There are many more like them in the UK. Expect to see a lot more in the coming months.

thll said...

"Nowadays, a politician must compel attention by virtue of what he is saying, not his position." And this is why Gordon Brown is struggling - he can't string two coherent sentences together. His stock phrase is "...we will do whatever is necessary..." and he applies it to whatever problem he's talking about at the time as if somehow it constitutes a solution. The thing is he never lets us in on the secret of precisely what it is he intends to do

Abu Abdullah said...

The power of the old information gatekeepers may have waned, but we are now at the mercy of the new gatekeepers, viz., the entities keeping the Internet operational and Google Inc., which gets to decide the information you are allowed to find, hear, see, and write about through its ownership of Google Search, YouTube, Google Video, Blogger, Google Map, etc. So, the Internet is not exactly a friend; it's more a double-edged sword.

Dymphna said...

ABu A--

Google is indeed powerful, but with the internet, if they get too censorious, work-arounds can be (and are) made to allow things to go on that they don't like.

Powerful? Yes. A monolith? No...
Tuan Jim --

Crowder is wonderful, if uneven. I love his energy and inventiveness. Comdey makes me smile, Crowder makes me laugh.

ɱØяñιηg$ʇðя ©™ said...

Here's an alternative search engine to Google. I think I found through the newsletter of Katherine Albrecht and if so I assume it is safer.