"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Saturday, 3 October 2009

The Real NEUclear Deterrent

It's being reported that the Conservatives have said they will fight to block Tony Blair's appointment as  first President of the European Council. Leaving aside the fact that Sarkozy is luke-warm to the prospect and now favours Junckers or Gonzalez (not to mention 33623 others), I'm wondering why the Conservatives are wasting energy on legitimising this sideshow. If I were a Tory I'd leave it be and if the Euroclique want Blair let them have him. It would be a powerful statement about the nature of the EU and would draw more people's attention to the inherent lack of democracy and accountability.  Perhaps, despite their protestations, the Conservatives don't want that?

Pic nicked from Muffled Vociferation
UPDATE: I'm in good company. My views are shared by Douglas Carswell: "But if Blair becomes Euro-President it will serve to further undermine the legitimacy of the whole Euro-project in Britain. The undecided middle will see the EU for what it really is - a construct of the technocratic elite - rather than the free market Heath promised it'd be."

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