Daniel Hannan is a founder member of the Conservative Friends of Turkey Association. The charter of this organisation commits its members to lobby for Turkey's accession to the EU.
When I challenged him on his blog about the hypocrisy of his campaigning to get Britain out of the EU and Turkey into it, he responded with a quasi-theological evasion: he said he wanted Turkey to be offered EU membership but didn't necessarily want them to accept the offer and hoped they would decline it! Of course this is absurd. Hannan knows full well that the Turks will accept EU membership - with eager and grasping hands - if we are foolish enough to offer it to them.
Many people who feel left out of the political mainstream are attracted to Daniel Hannan because he dares to articulate a few unconventional points of view, particularly in relation to the European Union and Britain's membership of it. They fail to see, however, that on issues such as immigration, islamification and Turkey's prospective membership of the EU, Hannan is a fully-paid up member of the establishment he affects to rebel against.
Hannan blogs regularly on the Telegraph website. He covers a wide range of subjects but, curiously, tends to avoid the topic of Islam and the effect it is having on British life. Perhaps this is because the few blog posts he has made on the subject have tended to provoke an overwhelmingly hostile response from his otherwise sympathetic readership.
His blog post endorsing David Cameron's support for Turkey's entry to the EU attracted a staggering 600+ responses, almost all of them fiercely hostile. In this blog post, Hannan calls for British madrassahs to be established. Hannan also wrote a comment piece for the Telegraph, defending Britain's Muslims against charges of disloyalty.
Did you know, for example, that death by stoning is not mentioned anywhere in the Koran? Its scriptural sanction comes from the Old Testament. But, read any internet discussion, and you will find two sets of people claiming that stoning forms part of Islamic jurisdiction anyway: Islamic fundamentalists, and anti-Islamists.
This is the kind of tripe that we commonly hear from Muslim apologists.
He goes on "I have yet to meet a Muslim constituent who wants such punishments in Britain."
No, but polls show a majority of them do want Sharia, and that 36% of the 16-24 Muslim age group believe that Muslims who abandon their faith should be executed.
Few Muslims, however, share their obsession with conflicts that are as remote from their ancestral countries as from Britain. My fellow Euro MP, Syed Kamall, is a good Muslim: he keeps the fast, tries to pray five times a day and does his best to bring his sons up with a full understanding of his faith.
But he becomes impatient when people try to drag him into arguments about Palestine, Kashmir or Iraq. "I was elected to represent London," he says. "The future of Iraq is for Iraqi politicians to decide."
This is a clear falsehood. Muslims do get agitated about foreign conflicts involving other Muslims. Indeed, most of the problems we have with Muslims derive from the simple fact that they identify more strongly with foreign Muslims than they do with their own countrymen.
In an interview posted on the Conservative Friends of Turkey Association website, Hannan admits "I have been a Turcophile since my teens". Later he says that his fascination with Turkey began when he studied the Gallipoli campaign:
I studied the period at Oxford, and visited the Straits (and
the rest of the country) when I graduated. I now have many friends there.
When asked what he thought Turkey could do to speed up the accession process, Hannan replies:
Turkey has already done everything it has been asked, but see how it has been treated in return.
So Turkey has done everything asked of it even though it has successfully closed almost none of the accession chapters that have been opened?
It is clear that Hannan is a committed pro-Turkey propagandist and no rational argument is going to sway him from his commitment.
One of Hannan's stock phrases is that "referendums are always and everywhere a good thing". I have asked him repeatedly on his blog whether he would be in favour of referendums being held in the countries of the EU on whether Turkey should be admitted as a member. He has repeatedly declined to answer.
Hannan worked as a leader writer for the Daily Telegraph. It may have been his influence that caused the Daily Telegraph to adopt the pro-Turkey editorial position that it currently favours, one that goes against the overwhelming sentiment of its readership, as expressed in the comments to its editorials on the subject.
Hannan also previously worked as a speechwriter for William Hague, the current Foreign Secretary. Hague, too, now favours Turkey's admission to the EU. Did Hannan play a role in influencing him to support that position?
If so, Hannan's influence has been extraordinarily destructive. He and Boris Johnson have been described as the two most influential Conservatives who do not owe their positions or platforms to David Cameron. Tragically, both are passionate supporters of the Turkish cause, both founder members of the Conservative Friends of Turkey Association, one of them of Turkish descent and the other with many friends in Turkey and an irrational sentimental attachment to it.
The great issue of our times is the islamification of the countries of the West - the stealth jihad being pursued through demographics rather than bombs. Within that broader conflict, no single issue is more important than the question of whether Turkey joins the EU. If Turkey's 80 million Muslims gain entry to the EU, the differential birth-rates mean that Europe will inevitably be transformed into Eurabia, and all of Europe's power, wealth and sophistication will be harnessed to the greater goals of the jihad.
However appealing Hannan's affable demeanour or maverick positions on other issues may be, on the great issue of our times he is resolutely on the wrong side. He is a traitor to European civilisation, just like all the others.
UPDATE: See this post on Daniel Hannan's shameful denial of the Armenian Genocide.