Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs
2009.03.28 : Daniel Hannan, MEP
Minister with Brain
On "The Devalued Prime Minister of a Devalued Government"
"Just because something has been a lot of work or consumed a lot of time doesn't make it productive or worthwhile. Just because you are embarrassed to admit that you're still living the consequences of bad decisions made 5, 10, or 20 years ago shouldn't stop you from making good decisions now."
- Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Work Week (read this book - ed.)

Anyone who knows anything about the European Parliament – and you're really better off not – will know that one of the few non-horrifying things about it is that British guys who are totally opposed to the European project can get elected as Ministers to the European Parliament (MEPs) and then turn up and rubbish the place anytime they are allowed to speak. (I'm one of those opposed people – both Napoleon and Hitler tried to unify Europe, which I think is most of what you need to know about that.)

Relatedly, it increasingly seems to me that there are an awful lot of sensible people in the UK – who are yet somehow represented by virtually no remotely sensible politicians. A bit like the U.S., I guess. (Much of what Hannan rants about below is perfectly applicable to the nationalisation of the U.S. economy that is currently happening under the Obama Administration.) Anyway, just when you're really ready to throw up your hands at the seemingly unstoppable juggernaut of vapidness, posturing, bad thinking, self-interest, and – very much in particular – horrifying and egregious and too-big-even-really-to-contemplate waste of other peoples' resources, along comes a guy like Daniel Hannan.

Blisteringly smart. Extremely well-spoken. And totally righteous. (And just doesn't give a f^%*.) This first mini-speech of his, below, came out of nowhere to become like the first massively viral European Parliament video. I've included a couple more below. (He typically only gets 60 seconds under Parliament rules, so these are extremely snappy.) I think the UK, and perhaps the world, have been aching for someone like this guy. I sure know I have.

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Fuchs is the author of the novels The Manuscript and Pandora's Sisters, both published worldwide by Macmillan in hardback, paperback and all e-book formats (and in translation); the D-Boys series of high-tech, high-concept, spec-ops military adventure novels – D-Boys, Counter-Assault, and Close Quarters Battle (coming in 2016); and is co-author, with Glynn James, of the bestselling Arisen series of special-operations military ZA novels. The second nicest thing anyone has ever said about his work was: "Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt put in a firefight'." (Kirkus Reviews, more here.)

Fuchs was born in New York; schooled in Virginia (UVa); and later emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived through the dot-com boom. Subsequently he decamped for an extended period of tramping before finally rocking up in London, where he now makes his home. He does a lot of travel blogging, most recently of some very  long  walks around the British Isles. He's been writing and developing for the web since 1994 and shows no particularly hopeful signs of stopping.

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THE MANUSCRIPT by Michael Stephen Fuchs
PANDORA'S SISTERS by Michael Stephen Fuchs
D-BOYS by Michael Stephen Fuchs
COUNTER-ASSAULT by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book One - Fortress Britain, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Two - Mogadishu of the Dead, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN : Genesis, by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Three - Three Parts Dead, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Four - Maximum Violence, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Five - EXODUS, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Six - The Horizon, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Seven - Death of Empires, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Eight - Empire of the Dead by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN : NEMESIS by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Nine - Cataclysm by Michael Stephen Fuchs

ARISEN, Book Ten - The Flood by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Eleven - Deathmatch by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Twelve - Carnage by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Thirteen - The Siege by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Fourteen - Endgame by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN : Fickisms
ARISEN : Odyssey
ARISEN : Last Stand
ARISEN : Raiders, Volume 1 - The Collapse
ARISEN : Raiders, Volume 2 - Tribes
Black Squadron
ARISEN : Raiders, Volume 3 - Dead Men Walking
ARISEN : Raiders, Volume 4 - Duty
ARISEN : Raiders, Volume 5 - The Last Raid
ARISEN : Fickisms ][ – This Time, It's Personal
ARISEN : Operators, Volume I - The Fall of the Third Temple
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