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EU Commission President Tony Blair?

May 27, 2014

27th May 2014

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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.


Can this man stop Farage, Ukip et al? More than a few of us think so.

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Jose Manuel Barroso is about to step down as EU Commission President.  We just felt an “earthquake” across Europe this last weekend. kilroywashere4The 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 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 –



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 –



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.

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The election of EU Commission & President at a glance [click here]


(by qualified majority)
The candidate negotiates with Parliament’s political groups to get backing from a majority of members
ELECTION OF THE COMMISSION PRESIDENT BY THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT by a majority of its component members (at least 376)


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.



For Europe’s future!

You know it makes sense.



UNBELIEVABLE! Tory Hypocrisy on Blair & Iraq as they target Lib Dems

May 6, 2010
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    Also reported here and here with BBC video

    Pictures shown on the BBC show Mr Farage seemingly unconscious inside the plane’s wreckage.

    Farage's plane with UKIP banner just before the banner became entangled and brought the plane down (Pic: Stephen Simpson)


    I am sure there are many examples of below-the-belt politicking from all parties in this campaign. But for me this takes the biscuit. We might have expected this from the Lib Dems, who are and always have been against Tony Blair’s Iraq decision. But from THE TORIES!? How principled! How contemptible. How utterly cowardly to target in this way while NEVER mentioning Iraq in the public campaign. How Jeremy Hunt is blatantly “spinning” this story while criticising Labour for “spinning”.

    You will recall that the Conservatives backed Mr Blair on Iraq. I’d just like to learn if their half a million videos actually made any difference in the constituencies where they were distributed. I sincerely hope not. Interesting how little press coverage this dreadful bahaviour has had. Good to know the moral values of our press, don’t you think?

    A strained-looking Tony Blair addresses the nation at the start of the Iraq war in March 2003 (Photograph: Paul McErlane/Reuters)

    Source: Guardian

    Tony Blair addresses the nation at the start of the Iraq war in March 2003 Photograph: Paul McErlane/Reuters

    The Conservatives last night played the Iraq war card for the first time in the general election campaign, in an attempt to win over voters tempted to support the Liberal Democrats who led the opposition to the invasion in 2003.

    As cabinet ministers appeared to be at odds over whether Labour should encourage tactical voting to keep the Tories out of power, the Conservatives last night released a video which reminds voters that Tony Blair went to war in 2003.

    At the same time, a fresh round of opinion polls indicated that Britain may be heading for a hung parliament, potentially handing the Lib Dems the balance of power. A YouGov poll in today’s Sun shows some recovery in Labour’s position and a fall in Lib Dem support. The Tories were unchanged on 35%, Labour was up two points on 30% while the Lib Dems were down four points on 24%.

    A ComRes poll for ITV News and the Independent showed no change. The Tories were on 37%, Labour on 29% and the Lib Dems on 26%.

    In the tightest election since 1992, the Tories made a brazen bid for Lib Dem voters by glossing over the Conservatives’ enthusiastic support for the Iraq war to remind voters of Labour’s record. A nine-minute video, sent out to 500,000 voters, features a grainy black and white film of Blair’s statement to the nation in March 2003 when he announced that British forces would join George Bush in overthrowing Saddam Hussein.

    The video then shows press cuttings from the anti-war Daily Mirror of the Downing Street Iraqi arms dossier and the controversial claim that Saddam could launch weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes of an order.

    Jeremy Hunt, the shadow culture secretary, who launched the video, said: “We think there were two big mistakes with Iraq. The first was the way the whole Iraq project was instigated and executed — the post-invasion planning which led to a much much greater loss of life than was necessary.

    “But, most importantly, the thing we disagree with was the way spin was used as a tool to persuade the British people of the case for war.”

    The Tories launched their bid for Lib Dem votes amid conflicting signs from the cabinet whether to recommend anti-Tory tactical voting. Ed Balls, the schools secretary, and Peter Hain, the former Liberal who is now Welsh secretary, both indicated that voters should support Lib Dems if that is the best way of defeating their Tory candidate. The two ministers were careful not to call explicitly for a Lib Dem vote because that would breach Labour party rules.

    But Gordon Brown, who yesterday used a Guardian article to urge Lib Dems to vote Labour in 100 seats where the contest is between Labour and the Tories, resisted endorsing calls for tactical voting. “I want every Labour vote because I think people will look at the votes as a whole and they will look at what Labour has achieved,” he said.

    However, Brown’s aides were happy to allow his close ally Balls, who was travelling with the prime minister, to brief journalists on how he understood Labour supporters could vote tactically.

    “I’m not going to start second guessing their judgments,” Balls said. “Of course I want the Labour candidate to win, but I understand people’s concerns about letting the Conservatives in.”

    However, Douglas Alexander, the international development secretary who is Labour’s election co-ordinator, called for a strong Labour vote. “If you vote for the Liberal Democrats you could wake up on Friday morning and see a Conservative-led government, including Liberal Democrats. We are campaigning for every vote.”

    Nick Clegg yesterday refused to respond to overtures from Labour cabinet ministers as he stubbornly refused to advise his voters to vote Labour in seats where only Labour and not the Lib Dems have the chance to deny the Tories their seat.

    “I am fed-up with the old politics, where two cliques in the Labour and the Conservative parties think it’s their birthright to play pass the parcel with your government, as if you’ve got nothing to do with it, as if you’ve got no say. Peter Hain and Ed Balls are telling people what they should vote against, not what they should vote for. I want you to vote with your heart, with your best instincts, for the future you want.”



    1. From Peter Stothard, at The Ghost of Tony Blair comes this:

    ‘No one, however, should be cynical enough to think that this is what Tony Blair truly wants to do these days. There has been not a week since he was forced out of office by Brown in 2007 that he has not thought of what he would do if he had survived the final pressures to depart as he had survived so many of them before. In the final electioneering days, he has even decided to risk damnation for “doing” rather than for “not doing.” The matter of “damnation,” it should be said, is no small one for a man who has a “Faith Foundation” amongst his new interests these days and who on Tuesday wooed a doubtful Lady Mayor by loosening his shirt button to show his bright silver crucifix and getting a “Shake My Hand, Brother” for his effort.’

    2. From The Daily Beast’s Tunku Varadarajan, who is hoping we elect Cameron as the next PM.

    ‘First, Tony Blair is not running for office, which is too bad, since he was the best British prime minister America has had since Maggie Thatcher (who was, herself, the best since Winston Churchill).’

    3. My thoughts on this article from Johann Hari – “What Do We Lose If We Reject Labour?”

    The toughest thing about politics is that we don’t all agree on some BIG things, even when we agree on a lot of things. And so Tony Blair came unstuck with the Left of his party over Iraq and a few other issues, even though HE was mostly right and they, as usual, were mostly wrong. And even though they lapped up most of the stuff they thought was right, they couldn’t stomach all the stuff he thought was right. Still, I feel a touch of empathy for Johann Hari here as he tries desperately to save the country from Toryism.  Calm down, Mr Hari. It’ll probably be Nicely, Nicely Nick running things by the weekend. And then it’ll all be fine.  You’ll get your systemic changes from a crowd who care. You’ll never get a majority government again, but hey, we can’t have everything. Losing the country’s soul to a crowd who don’t like sofa government, well, there we go. That’s democracy. Or something.

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    Shameful Farage – less class and courtesy than a feral mutt or an alley cat

    February 25, 2010
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    24th February, 2010

    UPDATE, 25th Feb – Nigel Farage summoned by EU Parliament President Jerzy Buzek. He is said to consider Mr Farage’s outburst to have been “completely undignified”, believing it “crossed a line” between the right to free speech and being plain insulting.

    UK’s – UKIP’s Disgrace – Nigel Farage to EU President Van Rompuy:

    “I don’t want to be rude, but — who ARE you? … nobody in Europe has ever heard of you”

    Farage: “We were told that when we had a president we’d see a giant global political figure. The man would be the political leader for 500 million people. The man would represent all of us on the world stage … well, I’m afraid what we got was you.  And,  I’m sorry but after that performance earlier that you gave, and I don’t want to be rude, but … but you know, really, you have the charisma of a damp rag and the appearance of a low-grade bank clerk. And the question that I want to ask, the question that I want to ask, that we’re all gonna ask is – who ARE you?”

    Farage also went on to insult Belgian Mr Van Rompuy’s home country too.

    It was unfair of me to compare Farage to a cat or dog in the title to this post. Apologies. To both. Both faithful creatures out-class this Farage idiot. Any spare down-and-out spaces outside the EU parliament?

    This Farage man is a disgrace. Farage is NO FAN OF EUROPE. In fact he hates it. He only stood as an MEP in order to rudely go and proclaim his hatred there. If he can’t be sacked he should be banned from the chamber until he learns how to behave like these three. Shut the hell up, Farage. You don’t speak for me.

    Don’t get the impression that Farage would have been happy with Tony Blair as EU Council President, by the way – though Blair is the only one of the EU candidates who would have be seen as a “giant global figure”. He can’t stand him either. Remember this?

    Tony Blair gets busted

    In June 2006, at the end of the 6 month British presidency of the EU, Tony Blair was confronted by Nigel Farage, the leader of UKIP. The lack of applause in the last 20 seconds and the shaking of heads tells us who was isolated in Europe and it wasn’t Blair or Britain.

    Tirade against ‘damp rag’ EU president shocks MEPs

    A British Eurosceptic MEP has unleashed a volley of insults against the President of the European Council.

    Nigel Farage, who leads UK Independence Party (UKIP) MEPS in the European parliament, said Herman van Rompuy had “the charisma of a damp rag”.

    He compared the former Belgian prime minister to a “low-grade bank clerk” and said he came from a “non-country”.

    The attack, which stunned the chamber, came as Mr Von Rompuy made his maiden appearance in parliament in Brussels.

    “I don’t want to be rude,” Mr Farage began, before launching into a personal attack lasting several minutes.

    “Who are you? I’d never heard of you, nobody in Europe had ever heard of you,” Mr Farage thundered, as noisy disapproval at his intervention in the chamber rose.

    ‘Competent and dangerous’

    “Oh, I know democracy is not popular with you lot,” he said, addressing the members of parliament as they voiced their surprise.


    Van Rompuy insulted in parliament:

    Mr Farage’s outburst, which was rounded off with a back-handed compliment that Mr Van Rompuy was also “competent and capable and dangerous,” was immediately criticised by his colleagues.

    Joseph Daul, head of the centre-right EPP party, suggested the UK should leave the EU as it is apparently not pleased to be in the union.

    Socialist leader Martin Schulz said it “would be better for Mr Farage to resign.” Mr Schulz also rounded on parliament chief Jerzy Buzek, who did not intervene during Mr Farage’s speech.

    “I am very disappointed with you Mr Buzek. I expected you as president to call this person to order.”

    Mr Buzek, who indicated he had his own behind-the-scenes way of dealing with such incidents, said “character assassinations are inadmissible in the European parliament.”

    Later in the debate, Mr Van Rompuy dismissed Mr Farage’s comments. “There was one contribution that i can only hold in contempt but I’m not going to comment on that further,” he said.

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