In an email tonight to Conservative Party supporters Dave hails
Dan Hannan’s brilliant response to Gordon Brown in the European Parliament. It was so effective and shows the growing power of the internet over TV.
Meanwhile Sir Michael White is getting a lashing from his own readers on the Guardian website for, well, just not getting it. Douglas Carswell MP is taking the opportunity on his blog to remind Sir Michael that he recently mocked Carswell for saying YouTube was going to be politically important. On the other hand Guido has to give full credit to John Prescott, who clearly does get it:
I must say I find the internet sensation caused by Dan Hannan’s speech to the European Parliament remarkable. Normally, an obscure Eurosceptic Tory MEP would not get any coverage for a rant against the Prime Minister in the mainstream media. And it proved to be the case. None of the networks or the newspapers originally covered it. But once he uploaded it onto YouTube it took off. Firstly it got up to 30,000 hits after being promoted by Guido Fawkes on his website. Then it exploded in the US once it was put on the Drudge Report site. The mainstream media were then forced to cover it and it has now been seen by more than a million people. I think this is a perfect example of the power shift away from the mainstream media to the internet. Instead of having to get past the editorial filter of journalists and editors, people are starting to set the news agenda and the hacks are having to catch up.
All the left-wing think-tanks and pressure groups have been having seminars and meetings on how to harness the internet “after Obama”. Maybe they should have looked to Ron Paul instead, he had a clear libertarian political message that he articulated via the internet. The internet insurgency shook up the Republican party during the U.S. primaries when Ron Paul, then a little known anti-War Republican running for President, shocked the U.S. political establishment by raising over $4 million online – in one day. It was not for nothing that his campaign song was “Google Ron Paul”.
Hannan’s first choice for U.S. president was the libertarian Republican, not really surprising considering Hannan and Carswell are two of the most libertarian leaning Conservative politicians. If you read their book “The Plan“, you will see they both get the internet and the effect it will have on politics. Right now some 1 1/4 million people have “Googled Dan Hannan”…