UK backs Blair for EU president

And the trend of failed politicians to Brussels continues. Europe really knows how to prevent the EU from making progress and being viewed as a joke by its constitutes. If there’s a country that doesn’t send its rejects to Brussels I’m now aware of it. This is precisely why the EU Parliament and Brussels in general are viewed as a non-serious sideshow that is ignored by most. Think of it as a retirement plan for politicians who are past their sell-by date. In Blair’s case, not only did he lead an invasion of another country but now he’s cashing in by working with bankers who he propped up who then dragged down the economy. How convenient for everyone to ignore that little detail as the UK figures out how to work through this deep recession.

In 10 years as prime minister, Blair shunned the single currency, backed Bush over Brussels and went to war in Iraq. Many in Europe have never forgiven him.

But the long-held suspicion in European politics was confirmed when Lady Kinnock, the Europe minister in Strasbourg for the parliament’s opening session, said that although Blair had not formally declared his candidacy, it was “certainly” the government position to support him.

“I am sure they would not do it without asking him,” she said. “The UK government is supporting Tony Blair’s candidature for president of the council.”

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