and you thought the idiot would have shut up by now, but no.. ..shut up Dan, it's all over the world that you're against the NHS ;D
whilst Davey pretends he thinks it's the best thing since Garlic Naans.. i mean sliced bread.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/aug/14/alan-duncan-expenses-cameron-tories: "Then there's the gruesomely ambitious Tory MEP Daniel Hannan, whom naive folk thought quite the crusading modern hero when he stuck his European parliament rant against Gordon Brown on YouTube, but who has spent the past week on some madly self-regarding North American tour, and was so desperate to crawl up the colon of Fox News that he obligingly slated the NHS. "I wouldn't wish it on anybody," he gabbled, pathetically grateful for his close-up."
'When another Tory candidate praised Enoch Powell in 2007, David Cameron criticised him and he was forced to resign.
The question now for Cameron is whether he will take similar action against Daniel Hannan.'
*it's all hangbags, if Cameron acts, it'll make him look like he's 'taking control'.
If he doesn't, then he's allowing a'debate' within the Tory Party, which apparently isn't allowed within the 'Stalinist' Labour Party.. or something.. ;)
'(The Conservative leader did, incidentally, endorse Mr Hannan's The Plan: Twelve Months to Renew Britain, in which he and the Tory MP Douglas Carswell describe the NHS as "the national sickness service".) '
'A veteran Tory MEP declared war on his party this afternoon after losing an appeal against his expulsion.
Edward McMillan-Scott said he was preparing a High Court challenge for reinstatement - and mounting a pro-European campaign to counter Conservative anti-EU rhetoric ahead of the general election.
Mr McMillan-Scott, an MEP for 25 years, lost the Tory whip six months ago after breaking ranks to challenge a Polish MEP for the post of European Parliament vice-president.
Mr McMillan-Scott won, and his defeat of the controversial Pole, Michal Kaminski, infuriated Tory high command because Mr Kaminksi's Law and Justice Party had just joined forces with the Conservatives in Strasbourg to form a new Eurosceptic political bloc.
Mr McMillan-Scott says he acted in protest at Mr Kaminski's "'anti-Semitic, homophobic and racist"' links.
Mr McMillan-Scott said his expulsion had been unfair, adding: "There is no shame in losing the whip on a point of principle - to be expelled for the same thing was disproportionate and against natural justice."
He said the only recent expulsions had been Jeffrey Archer in 2001, following imprisonment for perjury, and Den Dover, a former MP and MEP, last year for allegedly misusing £600,000 of euro-expenses.
Mr McMillan-Scott went on: "In the context of the Westminster expenses scandal, for which no Conservative was expelled, or the serial disloyalty of Europhobes like (Tory MEP) Daniel Hannan, this will be seen by many as a serious case of double standards."
He described Mr Hannan as "Dog-whistle Dan, the deniable Ukip voice of the Tory Party" and added: "Dan is more interested in UK independence than in the Conservative Party - he should be expelled, not me."
Meanwhile, Mr McMillan-Scott admitted he was still fuming about an "abusive, humiliating" letter from Foreign Secretary William Hague, ordering the MEP to apologise to Mr Kaminski and to Tory group leader Timothy Kirkhope. '
[re: the title: if I ever see any evidence of any I'll be well and truly shocked]
'Since I was expelled from the party for standing up to extremism, my former party's MEPs have lost their way in Europe
David Cameron's controversial new European parliament group, which includes extremist Poles and other ill-assorted individuals, was the brainchild and creation of two British conservative nationalists: Daniel Hannan MEP and his ally Mark Francois, a rightwing former Essex councillor. On Monday the MEPs' Bureau - on which I sit - may approve a taxpayer-funded £1.6m cross-frontier political movement - based on the politically-incoherent group. This will be run by Hannan, whom Francois imposed against the wishes of at least 10 other, increasingly resentful, Tory MEPs.
Hannan gave up his MEP spokesmanship to campaign full-time for a British referendum on the EU only days after this phoney idea was rejected by Cameron. Hannan reveres Enoch Powell, decries the NHS on American TV, loathes the BBC, calls Obama "exotic", is sceptical about climate change and apes Sarah Palin's dangerous populism, but the Conservative party embraces him. Any party seeking the middle ground should instead favour my brand of conservative internationalism: Britain should lead in Europe not leave it.
After I stood and won re-election as European parliament vice-president with cross-party support against the controversial Polish MEP Michal Kaminski, breaking the Brussels consensus, the Conservative whip was withdrawn from me. Kaminski's antisemitic words and deeds have been widely reported, most recently by the BBC's Newsnight special report.
'My heart soared when, talking on the phone to Michael Gove earlier in the week, he mentioned that he was in Stockholm.
"Please tell me that you're there to study their education system, Michael."
"Yes, we've been looking at schools all week".
The Conservative Party's benign interest in Swedish schools is arguably the single most encouraging thing happening on the Opposition benches. Sweden is a solidly Leftist country. The Social Democrats have been in power for 66 of the past 75 years, the supreme champions, beneficiaries and exemplars of Swedes' belief that equality is the ultimate social goal.
But, during one of the interludes in 1992, Carl Bildt's short-lived Centre-Right administration allowed parents to opt out of state education, carrying with them 85 per cent of the financial entitlement that their child would have received within the government sector. The Social Democrats were furious, and pledged to repeal the reform. But, when they came back to power, they found that free schools were so popular that they simply couldn't afford the fight. Instead, they increased the financial entitlement to 100 per cent of the state sector average, but forbad top-up fees.
The result? Twelve per cent of Swedish children are in such schools, whose mere existence has served to yank up standards within the state sector, too.'
Well in fact, dear reader, this is an untruth.
The head of Sweden's independent national education agency - the Swedish equivalent of Ofsted - revealed that their school reforms have led to falling standards and rising segregation.
'Labour was accused of trying to smear David Cameron yesterday as the Tory leadership faced fresh challenges over links with Republicans and the controversial MEP who have all savaged the National Health Service.
Andy Burnham, the Health Secretary, wrote to Mr Cameron calling on him to ban from the Tory conference members of the Atlantic Bridge group who have used the NHS as a weapon in their fight against President Obama's health reforms.
At the same time Michael Gove, the shadow schools secretary, was forced to distance himself from the remarks by Daniel Hannan, the MEP, who said he would not wish Britain's healthcare on anyone. Mr Gove insisted that he "emphatically disagreed" with Mr Hannan over the NHS.'