Monday, June 15, 2009

The Shout Heard Round the World

Doubtless, many have seen this YouTube video by now, but I am continually inspired by the power of Daniel Hannan’s words as he drags Gordon Brown across the carpet. His “Devalued Prime Minister of a Devalued Government” speech, sometimes referred to as the “Shout Heard Round the World” is hailed by many as the makings of a liberty superstar of international proportions. It is perverse that this blistering attack on deficits, nationalization, over-regulation and statism was delivered in the EU Parliament, the very symbol of those plagues on modern economies.

It would be presumptive to say that this was the speech that signalled a shift in public opinion against the kind of policies we see taking hold in the UK, US, Canada and many other OECD countries, but his words encapsulate the anger of a growing silent majority.

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