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Daniel Hannan

 

“You are a devalued prime minister of a devalued government.”

Daniel Hannan, the European Parliament, Strasbourg, 24 March, 2009

Following Gordon Brown’s address, ahead of the G20 summit, Daniel Hannan (born 1 September 1971) gave a short speech where he eviscerated the British Prime Minister. It soon became a massive YouTube hit and was widely reported in the news (rarely a typical claim to fame for speeches at the European Parliament), making it a very public humiliation for Gordon Brown, then the UK’s Prime Minister. Daniel Hannan’s speech highlights the point that a compelling, well-argued, entertaining speech that does not pull its punches, that uses facts more as weapons than in support of an argument, will be remembered ...

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