Is Blair the man for the EU job?

October 27, 2009

BLAIR/Once he was regarded as an obvious front-runner for the job of EU president, then it was pointed out that it was unlikely anyone would be chosen from a country that is not in the eurozone, not in the Schengen border-free area and which has an exemption to the bloc’s charter of fundamental rights.

Ah, but if you don’t choose someone with proven political clout to fight Europe’s corner, a G2 of China and the United States will have things all their own way soon, declared Foreign Secretary David Miliband over the weekend.

You need someone with a high profile who will stop the traffic in world capitals, he added.

Oh no, we don’t, several EU countries say. We want someone with a lower profile who will be better able to secure consensus among members states than Tony Blair.

Other detrators say they don’t want Blair because he backed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. The Conservatives in Britain have said that appointing him would be viewed by an incoming Tory government as a virtual act of war and that he runs the risk of being almost immediately thrust into controversy as the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war begins.

The actual decision is likely to be made at a summit next month. Meanwhile Blair himself seems to be standing on the sidelines, so much so that some of his supporters are urging him to launch a more dynamic campaign.

Do you believe Blair’s the man for the job?

26 comments

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If I sat down and thought for a bit, I might be able to think of candidates I’d favour less but right now the thought of Blair being anywhere near a position of any sort of authority again fills me with horror. Anyone seriously considering him for a public office again must have a very short memory.

Posted by Alan Turner | Report as abusive

This man should be tried for war crimes and treason for lying to the british people.

He is a liar and a murderer.

Posted by Mike Ives | Report as abusive

We don’t need a leader of europe…,what we need is a leader of Britain,

Posted by paul | Report as abusive

The biggest downside of tony Blair being the EU president is that Cheri Blair will be the first lady

Posted by stuart macswan | Report as abusive

We were to quick to get Blair out of power, he would have been a real inspiration over the last couple of months, far more so than Brown anyway.

Blair has what it takes and will be great in the role.

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I can’t imagine any european of sound mind to want B-liar for this role. His future must be behind bars for war crimes and high treason.

Posted by george | Report as abusive

That is unfair to him. We must consider the process of making the decision to invade. I am sure it was a decision he took in the supreme interest of Britian. Yes at the time and now there was so much against the war, but hey what would you have done if you were in his place. with the kind of information he had.

He is qualified enough for that post. I support him

Posted by Abeiku John Hammond | Report as abusive

Blair is definitely the right man for the job. He was a great leader of Britain, admittedly not perfect but no one is, and will do a great job leading the European Union.

Posted by BB | Report as abusive

The man is an absolute waste of space he only is in anything for self glorification and gain and his monetry grabbing wife is the same , he never put his Country first when as PM.only me,me,me!
Worst PM we have ever had and certainly would be same as EU President, would never consider helping GB

Posted by T Cherry | Report as abusive

blair’s judgement is fundamentally unsound, he displayed a frenetic desire to introduce major changes without any apparent detailed analysis of consequencies and implications. The introduction of the NHS computer system was a classic example of him supporting and sponsoring a change without any actual understanding of the issues.
Iraq was the ultimate example of his hubristic self belief and his contempt for the ordinary people of this country. However if the aim is to reduce the EU to the shambles that he has created in the UK perhaps he is the best man for the job.

Posted by allan metcalfe | Report as abusive

The only good thing for Britain about having Blair in the job is that the sickening sight of him swanning around the world at taxpayers’ expense (no doubt with the odious Barroso in tow) will turn off any remaining waverers and will signal the beginning of the end of the UK’s membership of the ghastly monstrosity that the EU has become.

Posted by Matthew | Report as abusive

As if we’re going to get to vote on the issue.

What happened to the referendum we were promised on the European Union Treaty?

Who decides who gets these posts anyway?

If you want to change anything, don’t vote for a mainstream party at the next election, they’re all in it together.

Posted by Caroline Adams | Report as abusive

“That is unfair to him. We must consider the process of making the decision to invade. I am sure it was a decision he took in the supreme interest of Britian.”

What? Are you insane? The decision to invade Iraq was based upon political self interest and legacy, supporting the US no matter how insane their actions and establishing commercial petroluem interests in the middle east. It had nothing to do with truth, intelligence information or any of the nonsense provided to parliament or the British people. Blair’s actions over Iraq fundamentally broke British democracy – a pattern Labour have maintained ever since. In no way to I want a war criminal running Europe, British or otherwise.

Posted by Adam Kline | Report as abusive

It would be a travesty if Blair were to become EU President. Having declared an intention to put Britain at the heart of Europe, his subsequent actions as Prime Minister ensured that we continued to occupy the margins. His failure to pursue the acceptance to the Euro and the commitment to the Bush occupation of Iraq ensured a rift with Key European Partners that will haunt the country for years to come. The EU post needs a candidate with vision and integrity. Sadly not characteristics that often appear in Mr Blair’s behaviour. He is good with words but not with action!

Posted by A Byrne | Report as abusive

A B Liar for EU president!! You must be joking!! Reasons why not:-
1) He did not give us a vote about the EU
2) Dr. David Kelly died on his watch
3) UK went into an illegal war(s) on his watch
4) Common Purpose was accelerated on his watch (stopcp.com)
5) This excuse for a politician disregarded the will of parliament and people of the UK many times
6) The over-smug Cherry B Liar will be in on the act
7) Princess Diana died on his watch
8) On past performance this man will not be impartial in decisions reached or favoured – he will only feather his own nest

There are many many more reasons why this man is totally unsuited for any political authority whatsoever, but it is time for me to get back to work…..

Posted by Larry | Report as abusive

blair is a main player from a fast failing recent past. europe and britain need unsullied leaders.

Posted by chris nangle | Report as abusive

This man nust never have a position of real power ever again he has caused so much damage and misery.

Posted by nick | Report as abusive

Baggages, baggages and baggages!!!
How about John Major ?

Posted by Lee Siu Hoi | Report as abusive

Blair is definitely the right man for the job. He was a great leader of Britain, admittedly not perfect but no one is, and will do a great job leading the European Union.
- Posted by BB

Er…………did you miss the lies to the UK parliament & the illegal invasion of Iraq?

Most of the UK detests the man!

Posted by William Fletcher | Report as abusive

I have 2 points and am sitting on the fence really. No 1: Sorry if I am being naive, but I cannot remember any court saying the wars were illegal. Most reponses on the “Blair issue” seem to be full of nonsense and oppinion, not a lot of facts quoted. Point 2: I think there are too many layers of government and the costs are sickening. I have given up voting (not that we have a choice here) until someone promises to simplify govt at all levels and cut out the gross waste, maybe one layer alltogether should go (don’t care if it is European, national, regional or local but do we need 4 or more levels!!!). I am not talking about civil servants jobs, but all the politicians abuses. The spouses are even worse. I agree about the point on Cherie Blair’s money and spotlight grabbing all over the shop. The partners have nothing to do with us as we did not vote for them and I feel sick at every picture of any of them grabbing benefits that they would not have had otherwise. They seem to be the worst of all in this bandwagon of parliaments that seems to be a global industry nowadays. Nice “work” if you can get it.

Posted by Russell | Report as abusive

Why cant the British public vote for the President of the EU?
Once again decisions are being made which we are unable to influence.I dont think Blair would win.

Posted by Alan Grimster | Report as abusive

I think the best outcome would be that Blair gets the EU job, then Cameron gives the UK a referendum on the EU and we come out.

That way, we are rid of Blair, democracy and honest government has been restored and we can use the money that is currently being shovelled into the black hole of the EU to pay off the debts that Blair’s gang have dumped on us.

Posted by Jason | Report as abusive

“democracy and honest government has been restored ”

i’ll be digging that comment out in 4 years time jason

That is unfair to him. We must consider the process of making the decision to invade. I am sure it was a decision he took in the supreme interest of Britian.”

What? Are you insane? The decision to invade Iraq was based upon political self interest and legacy, supporting the US no matter how insane their actions and establishing commercial petroluem interests in the middle east. It had nothing to do with truth, intelligence information or any of the nonsense provided to parliament or the British people. Blair’s actions over Iraq fundamentally broke British democracy – a pattern Labour have maintained ever since. In no way to I want a war criminal running Europe, British or otherwise.

Adam. Talk is so cheap. I hope the tone of your language wont change when you are faced with Tony Blair’s situation-when he had to make a decision. though unpopular for good reason I am certain with time we would get to know what really informed his decision. I doubt we should get to the extent of calling him a war criminal. On the decision breaking the british democracy, I am not too sure, otherwise you would not have had the chance to post your comments

Posted by Abeiku John Hammond | Report as abusive

Whilst I fundamentally object to having a leader of the EU that is unelected if this does happen then he or she must be someone who is respected by the world or at least will not incite controversy. Blair has too much baggage and is hated by too many people to represent Europe. Better to appoint someone less well known who will at least be given a decent reception by most of the world.

Posted by pavlo | Report as abusive

He is an egotist and will seek to use the role for his own personal benefit. Look how wealthy he became on the back of a failed role as Prime Minister of the UK. Blair was the architect of the bankrupt Britain we have today and the sooner he is out of all public offices the better.

Posted by Nigel Jenkins | Report as abusive