27th May 2014
El Presidente Blair?
Not that I’m holding my breath or feeling TOO expectant as to the likelihood of the prospect, but just in case, this is to let the usual suspects know they heard it first on my twitter page.
WHO CAN STOP NIGEL FARAGE, HIS ANTI-IMMIGRATION & ANTI-EU PARTY & SIMILAR PARTIES ACROSS THE EU?
Can this man stop Farage, Ukip et al? More than a few of us think so.
Jose Manuel Barroso is about to step down as EU Commission President. We just felt an “earthquake” across Europe this last weekend. The multifarious anti-ists regarding the EU project are now no doubt askance with a “why bother?” as this continent searches for a replacement President. Our UKIP MEPs in Britain are probably too busy to notice. They are in full attack mode. Their strategy? To get in there, wreck the joint and leave a note saying “
Kilroy Farage was here”.
After the car crash of anti-EU-ism at the weekend and this “Third Man” mention from Christian Thams on twitter…
Schulz says me or Juncker as EU Commission President, not a third candidate. Rumours in Berlin say Merkel looks for ‘Third Man’
… I felt it was time to write something.
Like a lot of us, I spent much of the “count” night watching in puzzled bemusement. I thought Mr Thams’ tweet timely, and tweeted my own thoughts on it. My tweet went virtually unnoticed. It got 1 RT from @BernardMcEldown and I faved it for future reference:
I had actually pre-empted that thought in a reply to Harry Vaughan’s tweet, at 1:18am –
And I pointed up the thought again in a reply to Dennis, with the Farage/Blair video link at 2:41am –
CHEWING THE CUD AT BRUSSELS
Now, as I write, the rumours are getting warmer still. EU Presidents, Prime Ministers, Chancellor Merkel et al are chewing the cud at Brussels tonight. With the realisation that France’s position after the EU elections’ euro scepticism is even more threatening to EU unity, perhaps to its very future, than is Britain’s UKIPism, the time may well have come for Ms Merkel to turn to the man she reportedly derided as “Mr Flash” last time an EU (Council) Presidency post was up for grabs. Word is that she has thrown her support behind Jean-Claude Juncker, the recently defeated Luxembourg prime minister. He too was mooted as a contender in the 2009 EU Council Presidency race.
From Dave Keating at 4:52pm, today, 27th May –
— Dave Keating (@DaveKeating) May 27, 2014
COULD FRAU MERKEL WARM TO MR FLASH?
The complexities of the in-house limited voting for the Commission President and the Commission members themselves will not ease the pain or anger of those who insist there is no TRUE democratic accountability or choice for us mere voters. The principle, as from Treaty of Lisbon days, is that the group of parties with most electoral support has preference for its nominated candidate. However there have been anti-EU votes from ALL sides, left to right. A certain third way Blairite, the original, could span this breadth with comparative ease and incomparable political nous and productive diplomacy. We should remember that across Europe there are more senior politicians in the Blair mould than ever before, notably France’s beleaguered President Francois Hollande and Italy’s ambitious and new self-declared Blairite Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Such individuals will throw their thoughts into the ring.
Tony Blair has been all over the media today here at home. From BBC Radio 4’s Today (listen here) to BBC’s News 24 (here) to Huffington Post (here). There is no doubt his profile is presently on the rise. That may not be due simply to post-election questions hanging over the leadership Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and David Cameron.
There is little doubt that should a referendum under a future Tory government as promised by David Cameron result in an “OUT” vote, the rest of the EU would be up the creek without a paddle. Whether we Brits like it or not the UK is one of the three main countries in the Union. Angela Merkel will know this better than anyone, as she watches France’s keenness on “the project” falter even under a socialist leader like Hollande.
The election of EU Commission & President at a glance [click here]
(by qualified majority)
Clearly nothing will be decided over the foie gras tonight. Today’s statement on the Commission President Election at the European Parliament website at 1:19m said:
The candidate of the largest Group Mr. Jean Claude Juncker will be the first to attempt to form the required majority.
From – British Influence, The Campaign to Keep Britain in the EU comes this (uploaded yesterday. No mention of Tony Blair)
Neither of the current frontrunners for the Presidency – the centre-right’s Jean-Claude Juncker and the centre-left’s Martin Schulz – is inspiring. One or other of these so-called Spitzenkandidats might be fine if the EU needed the status quo. They might be OK if the EU needed another integration drive, as both are federalists. But neither is suited to the task of decentralising power and boosting competitiveness.
This group will surely recognise which inspiring European (and world statesman) IS suited to decentralising power and to boosting competitiveness.
Only time will tell if those with the power to decide on the incumbent for the next 5 years of this important position act wisely. Europe – this is not a time to opt for a second MR NOBODY.
VOTE TONY BLAIR FOR EU COMMISSION PRESIDENT.
For Europe’s future!
You know it makes sense.