Virtue-signalling – where you shout about some worthy cause with no intention of acting on it – has become one of the defining features of our political culture.
So it’s refreshing when somebody smashes a hole in the side of it.
Enter Daniel Hannan, a Conservative MEP who was instrumental in winning the intellectual argument for Brexit during the EU Referendum:
Hannan targets virute-signalling culture in his own institution – the European Parilament – where MEPs queue up to sign nice-sounding motions in solidarity with whatever movement is popular that day – then do nothing else about it.
When a fellow MEP tried to end the practice on the basis that it is useless and actually impedes useful legislative activity, his attempts were thwarted, so the merry-go-round continues.
Hannan’s other pursuits have included tearing CNN’s Christiane Amanpour a new one when she tried to foist upon him the narrative that Brexit unleashed waves of racism – a conclusion recently thrown into doubt by a major study.
As with all British MEPs, his time in office is now rather limited – but long may he continue.