Monday, October 26, 2009
Tony Blair Would be Good as EU President
My position begins as a committed internationalist. I think we need more collaborative action to stem global warming, terrorism, international crime and world poverty. The UN has failed to achieve: the EU has achieved its goal of economic integration and a degree of political unity also. But, as is sometimes said: Europe is an 'economic giant but a political pygmy'. For years Europe has meekly accepted a distant second place to the US and even looks like being shunted into a lesser future role than China as the future shape of the world's power dispositions begin to emerge.
Blair would provide the dynamism and flair to raise the EU's profile, to ensure its voice is heard. True he has been a divisive politician but he has also been a unifier too as in Northern Ireland. I find it hard to accept that the Tories are so viscerally opposed- unless they fear this guy is just too good for them- as surely a Brit in such a high profile position would be a good thing for the UK? To oppose him just because of domestic rivalries smacks of small minded parochialism.
To get the Economist's odds on the competition see here.
Why not I can go then and Join the bloody UKIP.
As regards the EU, Blair is perfect. No figure in our history has quite encapsulated such a contempt for procedure, history and public opinion as this man - the EU was made for him. But I would be amazed if the decent countries of Europe would have him. And they should get no lack of encourage to bin him from Dave.
Regardless, come next June the EU is going to have a lot more to reckon with.
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