Thursday, 29 October 2009

My Favourite Frenchman - PY Gerbeau

This morning I was delighted by the spectacle of a Frenchman criticising not just the prospect of Tony Blair as President of the EU Council but the very EU project itself - on the BBC morning show.

It must have come as a bit of a shock to the witless presenters to hear PY Gerbeau say repeatedly that there was no need for a President, that it would be ridiculous for a Briton to be President, given the UK's dislike of the EU, that they had not been given a referendum on Lisbon, that nobody except the politicians wanted a federal Europe, and that the EU should just be a trading zone and not a superstate churning out more and more legislation.

Simpering inanely next to him was some Labour drone dribbling on about the need to act together against climate change, blah, blah, blah and completely avoiding taking up Gerbeau's points.

She also failed to acknowledge that we, the people, don't get a vote on who gets to be President. Labour and the EU both share a common approach to democracy - they make sure it doesn't happen.

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