Comment at end
20th November, 2009
MEET THE NEW EU PRESIDENT
In one fell swoop Ms Merkel has orchestrated the political assassination of her main rival in European politics and landed herself a new job to boot.
Very impressive. Some CV, Ms M!
WHAT? Pardon? You didn’t actually think that Van Whatsisname had won Tony’s job on merit, did you? The Belgian who sees his job as administrating and co-ordinating rather than leading? The NOT TONY BLAIR candidate? You didn’t think ….?
This decision, a carve-up, stitch-up, *u*k-up with a consolation prize to Britain thrown in to keep us quiet, is nothing less than DISGRACEFUL.
If this job was what it was originally meant to be – representing Europe on the world’s stage – there is and was only ONE candidate. His is the body politic left with the knives embedded in its back.
And the fingerprints …?
Merkel’s and Sarkozy’s. Once Blair’s friends and colleagues in Europe these two are the perpetrators of this crime. With the collusion of others maybe, but the Franco-German alliance was the king-making duopoly in this untidy, unsatisfactory and bloody business.
Blair’s fall in this race was NOT about Iraq, even as some try to “remind” us that it was. Twenty two of the then twenty four EU countries also supported America in Iraq, as referred to here at this blog, at Alastair Campbell’s and at Julie’s.
It was simply, or at least mainly, that ‘Mr Flash’ was too eye-catching for Ms Merkel to compete with. The job description was only downgraded in the last day or so in order to justify the decision to exclude Blair. For no other reason.
Merkel had the last flash, and flashed her knife deftly and with deadly accuracy in Blair’s direction.
Presumably they think that with Rompuy and the other one “a new dawn has broken”. But after each new dawn dusk descends.
WHERE WERE YOU NICOLAS?
Sarkozy has been particularly quiet as he watched this disaster unfold. Merkel too, as was to be expected, has kept her counsel throughout. But it was Merkel who moved Sarkozy from supporting Tony Blair to propping up a nondescript, unknown Belgian prime minister of one year’s experience. A pen-pusher rather than a top-seat political mover … a stapler-replenisher rather than a phone contact of the powerful.
Quite what control Merkel has over Sarkozy we are yet to learn.
Whatever … what EVER … are these people up to, and on OUR behalf, purportedly!?
And on a personal level, why – if they allow themselves a moment of empathy towards OUR former Prime Minister – why has this betrayal happened yet again to this the most formidable and gifted politician of his generation?
KEEPING BLAIR OUT OF THIS JOB IS THE WRONG – WRONG – WRONG DECISION
Was it envy? The personal ambition of others? Lack of understanding of realpolitik? Probably all of these and much more. Whatever the reasons in public, the decision they have made tonight could not be more wrong.
Congratulations, Europe. You have now lost a pro-Europe Brit. I DO hope you’re pleased. More will follow when my fellow-countrymen begin to notice how little impact Van Rompuy and the other one actually make on the world stage. And when they consider what a different Europe and world it would have been with Tony Blair as president.
Adam Boulton on Sky News tonight put it beautifully. “Right now about 99.9% of Europeans do not know who Van Rompuy is. By this time next year that’ll be down to … er… about 90%”.”
Thoughts on this nonsensical decision
- Julie is having quite a debate at her site on this
- Times: “Blair the biggest loser”?
- Channel Four – Blair gives up on EU job
- Guardian: End for Blair
- CNN: Report on EU choices
- UK Press report
Carl Bildt, the Swedish Foreign Minister warned EU leaders against missing a historic opportunity to secure Europe’s place on the world’s stage.
Perhaps you needed to say it in German, Mr Bildt.