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  • Hardcover: 113 pages
  • Publisher: Notting Hill Editions (3 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907903224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907903229
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 1.2 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Daniel Hannan is a writer and journalist, and has been Conservative MEP for South East England since 1999. He was educated at Marlborough and Oriel College, Oxford. He has written seven books on European policy, including THE EURO: BAD FOR BUSINESS, A GUIDE TO THE AMSTERDAM TREATY, THE CASE FOR EFTA and THE CHALLENGE OF THE EAST. He is also the author of THE PLANT: TWELVE MONTHS TO RENEW BRITAIN. Daniel writes regularly for The Daily Telegraph, and has also contributed to several other publications including The Wall Street Journal, the German daily Die Welt, the Swiss weekly Weltwoche, The Australian, The Sunday Telegraph, The Catholic Herald, Freedom Today, the Brussels Journal and The Spectator. He speaks French and Spanish. Daniel is married with two little girls, and lives in London. He blogs every day at www.hannan.co.uk

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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Barry Tighe on 16 Aug 2012
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I have only had the opportunity to read the serialised version so far (full book on order), but as the author of Vote Alison MEP (Spawater Chronicles), I can easily recognise the European Union as described by author Daniel Hannan.
This book is excellently researched, truthfully representing the privileges the EU elite accord themselves (e.g. revealing that EU officials are exempt from paying national taxation) and presented in a way that is easy to grasp.
Daniel Hannan reveals how the EU manages to keep so many people and organisations on-side; funding an ever-widening client state (paid for with our taxes). Sports clubs, charities, big land-owners, corporations, contractors, municipalities and others, are all dependant on EU largesse and so unlikely to bite the hand that finances them.
He explains how the EU is a parody of a democracy, installing a powerless Parliament to placate the masses while the unelected EU Commission holds the real power.
Mr Hannan writes in an engaging style, easy on the brain. This is just as well as learning the true scale of EU corruption is inclined to heat it up.
The Euro is doomed, says he, and the sooner the better. Quite right too.
Give this book to your Europhile friends this Christmas. That'll learn 'em.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Seatinthestalls on 24 Sep 2012
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In George Orwell's nightmarish novel "1984"; Hapless, doomed Winston Smith confides to his diary "A good book is one that tells you whay you already know." In a way, his is a paradoxical statement, because it equally suggests that what a reader regards as a good book is one that simply confirms and reinforces his own prejudices, right or wrong. You've only got to see how the Koran is variously interpreted as a work of peaceful co-existence or furious isolationism according to the bias of its adherents.

Hannan's "A doomed marriage" pursues Wiston Smith's intended meaning; ie: a book that clearly sets out truths you have already reasoned from the evidence. This small book - or long essay, if you will - explains the case not simply from an uninformed critic's viewpoint, but from that of someone who has worked for many years within the European political hierarchy. In short; it's written by an inner-party member, and not some renegade exile. So far as "1984" is concerned; these are the words of O'Brien himself.

And what we read is what most Euro-sceptics like me have already suspected for years, but lacked the absolute stated confirmation. In cold dispassionate prose, Hannan explains how - from its very outset - the British and European peoples were hoodwinked into believing that the EU was simply an economic alliance and not the fully-integrated superstate that was its creators master-plan. He describes how the forever-damnable Edward Heath knew this himself, but procured our entry by the most servile surrender of assets and craven dishonesty toward those who elected him to serve their best interests.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chelsea on 6 Oct 2012
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Excellent book. Says everything I have felt about our tie in with Europe but was afraid to know!!
Fortunes down the tubes for some idiots vision.
Well written. Succinct. All everyone needs to know.... and to vote on!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Stephen on 9 Sep 2012
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Daniel Hannan is well known as a trenchant critic of the EU racket, and it is good to have a clear and well-argued statement of his argument. This essay (that's what it is - 111 pages in small format) is concise and compelling. The author identifies more effectively than I have read before why so many influential people recoil with horror at the idea that this country might be much better off if it were not in the EU. This, I suspect, is the view of the majority of the electorate, but of course they are never asked. Hannan is particularly good on the motivation of Germany in the European process. There are many thought-provoking arguments here, and I rationed myself to a chapter or two at a time in order to savour the quality of the discourse.

The book is nicely produced too (printed in Germany!); I only noticed two small typos.

This should be read by the Euro-fanatics in Whitehall and the BBC, but I don't suppose it will be. The rest of us can enjoy a really effective polemic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John M. Wellock on 29 Sep 2012
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An incisive and instructive essay on the formation and growth of the EU from its earliest dates to the modern day. It is hard to believe just how blinkered politicians can be when left to their own devices. The future looks grim indeed and this slim volume identifies the problems most clearly
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Doced on 10 Sep 2012
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Good succinct account of how our European political masters got it all wrong.
Should be required reading for all Europhiles.
A good read.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By mangilli-climpson m on 6 Oct 2012
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When an employee repeatedly takes the wrong decision or chooses the one which causes the greatest damage to the company, his superiors normally will decide to terminate his contract. When a government of a sovereign state within the Eurozone facing high debts in 2010, was ordered to make vicious austerity cuts to be bailed out with further funds - pushing up in turn the debts further, and its people protested, the government replied to the European Union they could not go along with their terms and needed to consult its electorate through a people's referendum. The outcome was the government was immediately forced to resign, and its parliament was obliged to vote in one more favourable to the Union's Commission under a former head of the European Bank, Lucas Papademos. That occurred in Greece in 2011. In Italy TV magnate Silvio Berlusconi was pushed out when he chose to resist in November 2011, and was replaced by former European Commissioner, Mario Monti. In both cases the will of a nation or of its people was deemed irrelevant; it is the will of the Union and its Commission. Change the date and a word and the ex Commissioner and ex banker might have been called Gauleiter, and the Union would have been part of the creed of ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer.

When a referendum goes the wrong way as happened in Denmark in 1992 or Ireland in 2001 and 2008 they ignore the result, and demand a new vote under new electoral rules. When the Czech President Vaclav Klaus decided to withhold signing a treaty, he was threatened with impeachment.
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