For those of you unfamiliar, Daniel Hannan has been on the Glenn Beck Show on FOX, and he is making quite a name for Conservatism in England.
According to his bio on Telegraph UK:
Daniel Hannan is a writer and journalist, and has been Conservative MEP for South East England since 1999. He speaks French and Spanish and loves Europe, but believes that the EU is making its constituent nations poorer, less democratic and less free. He is the winner of the Bastiat Award for online journalism.
TEA Partiers here in the States will be glad to know that under Daniel’s encouragement, a British Tea Party is scheduled for this coming Saturday. Of course I must wonder, will the British Tea Party be railed as racist? Someone alert Janeane Garafolo and Keith Olbermann! On a side note, only Americans interested in stopping the rampant spending of their money by a Congress that is purposely ignoring the American voice, are racists. Go figure. Does this mean that white supremacist groups all have a grasp on fiscal sense that civil-rights groups do not? Or does this only apply if you have a black President?
Anyways, England is going to have their own Tea Party. According to Danile Hannan’s blog:
Labour has raised more than a trillion pounds in additional taxation since 1997. Yet, unbelievably, Gordon Brown has still managed to run up a deficit of 12.6 per cent of GDP (Greece’s is 12.7 per cent). A far lower level of taxation brought Americans out in spontaneous protest last year.
As an American who quite digs on the whole TEA Party vibe, I find it deliciously amusing that our cousins across the pond are now turning the tables on their own government. Could this be a new trend in world politics? Perhaps the TEA Party Movement will creep into banana republic countries and bring about some real change.
Hannan also offers us, as Americans, a bit of a not so well-known history lesson on this matter:
Yeah: why? Some of my US readers believe that anti-tax rebellions are an American speciality, but we’ve had plenty of them in this country, from the Poll Tax Riots of 1381 (the Peasants’ Revolt) to the Poll Tax Riots of 1990. The doctrines that inspired the Boston mutineers – above all, the idea that taxes should not be levied without parliamentary process – were borrowed from English political theory.
Indeed, as Hugh Brogan drily observed in his History of the United States, the taxpayers’ revolt which sparked the American Revolution began on this side of the Atlantic: the Seven Years War had pushed taxes up to 25 shillings a year for the average Englishman as against sixpence for the average colonist, and MPs were determined to export part of that cost to North America.
Nicely said, Mr. Hannan. We’ll be watching you on Saturday!