Thursday, July 16, 2009

Sabotaging Lisbon

So, just a few months before the Irish go to the polls again for another vote on whether to ratify the Lisbon Treaty on strengthening the EU, the UK announces that they are formally pushing for Tony Blair to be EU President:

Tony Blair is a contender to become the first president of the EU with the full backing of the British government, the new Europe minister said today.

Glenys Kinnock, in Strasbourg for the opening session of the new European parliament, said that although the former prime minister 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," Lady Kinnock said. "The UK government is supporting Tony Blair's candidature for president of the council."

The post will only be created if the Irish vote "yes". And by announcing this, the UK have just given them a powerful reason to vote "no" ("Vote against the rat! Vote against the war criminal! A vote for Europe is a vote for Blair!") Are they trying to sabotage Lisbon?