Sixty Joyless De-Britished Uncrowned Commonpoor Years (1949-2009)

Elizabeth II Vice-Regal Saint: Remembering Paul Comtois (1895–1966), Lt.-Governor of Québec
Britannic Inheritance: Britain's proud legacy. What legacy will America leave?
English Debate: Daniel Hannan revels in making mince meat of Gordon Brown
Crazy Canucks: British MP banned from Canada on national security grounds
Happy St. Patrick's: Will Ireland ever return to the Commonwealth?
Voyage Through the Commonwealth: World cruise around the faded bits of pink.
No Queen for the Green: The Green Party of Canada votes to dispense with monarchy.
"Sir Edward Kennedy": The Queen has awarded the senator an honorary Knighthood.
President Obama: Hates Britain, but is keen to meet the Queen?
The Princess Royal: Princess Anne "outstanding" in Australia.
H.M.S. Victory: In 1744, 1000 sailors went down with a cargo of gold.
Queen's Commonwealth: Britain is letting the Commonwealth die.
Justice Kirby: His support for monarchy almost lost him appointment to High Court
Royal Military Academy: Sandhurst abolishes the Apostles' Creed.
Air Marshal Alec Maisner, R.I.P. Half Polish, half German and 100% British.
Cherie Blair: Not a vain, self regarding, shallow thinking viper after all.
Harry Potter: Celebrated rich kid thinks the Royals should not be celebrated
The Royal Jelly: A new king has been coronated, and his subjects are in a merry mood
Victoria Cross: Australian TROOPER MARK DONALDSON awarded the VC
Godless Buses: Royal Navy veteran, Ron Heather, refuses to drive his bus
Labour's Class War: To expunge those with the slightest pretensions to gentility
100 Top English Novels of All Time: The Essential Fictional Library
BIG BEN: Celebrating 150 Years of the Clock Tower

Monday, 25 February 2008

Stop Tony from becoming President of Europe

Be sure to read Rod Liddle's feature over at The Spectator. For vastly competing reasons, all of Europe is seemingly opposed to Tony Blair's candidacy for President of the EU, yet he is considered far and away the frontrunner. There's representative democracy for you. What a joke.

Of course, we too should be opposed to this. Tony and Company have done everything in their power to turn Her Majesty into a sub-sovereign, to transform the Queen into a minor relic under the supranational headship of a permanent, federalist and republican-styled president. All that talk about constitutional red lines a few months back was nothing but the most cynical political monoeuvering by the vainest prime minister Britain has ever produced. Tony Blair is apparently on record as wanting the presidency only if the EU nations agree to give him real power with which to strut and stride his dreamy Camelot pompous self. What a bloody two-faced hypocrite!

Please, make sure this self-important son of a bee never shares the stage with President Obama. Spare us the competition for the next Christ on Earth.


Dundonald said...

There are echoes of Margaret Thatcher’s Bruges speech here; we didn’t spend years trying to get rid of Blair, only to have him re-imposed at a European level. Joking aside, I actually support his Presidential bid.

For years, the EU has usurped national sovereignty, largely by escaping the attention of our national press. Ignorance about the nature of our new unique form of government is driven further by the fact that the EU’s elite are a group of uninspiring and unutterably boring technocrats.

Thus, a national press versed in the cult of celebrity prefers to deliberate on the increasingly irrelevant Westminster soap-opera, allowing the carcass of Westminster democracy to be hollowed out further without anybody noticing. A Blair presidency would inevitably bring the spotlight upon the cockroaches of Brussels (something they’ve been trying to avoid for years). I also feel that the prospect of a former interventionist British Prime Minister becoming the new President of EUrope might focus the minds of the Irish during their Lisbon Treaty referendum.

There’s little chance of it happening anyway. He’s far too unpopular amongst the Euro-elite.

Stauffenberg said...

Well said, Dundonald.

One of the “strengths” of the European Union has always been that its top brass are normally people unknown to most Europeans – political non-starters, sleeveens and people either past their sell-by date in politics or out of focus otherwise.

A household name like Tony Blair would probably make a difference from all the rest of politicians having been dumped so gladly in Brussels over years by their fellows at home. There would be real attention.

And you are right, again, that’s probably why it won’t happen.

By the way, I liked your allusion to Irish attitudes. Were Blair to make it to EU president, they might be acting as predicted, true to their knee-jerk reaction of being Britain’s official non-friend at regular intervals. Which is funny in a way. British blunders and follies in Ireland notwithstanding – the Irish are culturally the most anglicised and “britified” nation on this planet outside the UK …

Lord Best said...

I can't say I like the caricature much. Comparing Blair to Napoleon? Comparing the greatest military leader to a completely useless fool, no thank you.
As to the issue, there is nothing like an unpopular former leader suddenly thrust into the limelight again to damage a cause.