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LQD: Blair Prospect Prompts Opposition in Europe

by Cat Sat Mar 8th, 2008 at 05:18:57 PM EST

Is this yesterday's news here at ET? I'm feeling rather smug at the moment.


In other words: Tony Blair need not apply.

Blair, 54, is weighing a bid for EU president, a job set to be created next year. The same questions raised about his 10 years as U.K. leader -- doubts about his EU loyalties, the legacy of Iraq, allegations of showmanship -- dog his European career prospects.

"I don't think he would be the right character," says Enrique Baron Crespo of Spain, a former EU Parliament president. A Stop Blair! campaign organized by a Paris investment banker has gathered 24,000 signatures.
President Blair "would be a bad idea," says Jerome Guillet, the Stop Blair! founder. "He promised that he would bring Britain into Europe and he didn't even try. And the invasion and occupation of Iraq is a pretty bad symbol for Europe, which is built on peace."
"I have some difficulty seeing how the president could come from a country that is for a large part outside the union," says former Belgian Prime Minister Jean-Luc Dehaene, a co-drafter of the failed EU constitution that formed the basis for the Lisbon Treaty.


Do you think we played a part?

It'd be nice if the battle were only against the right wingers, not half of the left on top of that — François in Paris
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Mar 9th, 2008 at 04:06:56 AM EST
We essentially provide a "focal point" I suspect - maybe a catalytic effect?

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson
by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Sun Mar 9th, 2008 at 08:26:57 AM EST
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This is no time for modesty! The games afoot, Watson!

Examine free PR thus far. Each corporate media placement is a clue of sorts to answering question, where are the one million signatures?  Who, which people, are sympathetic? You don't seriously still think it coincidence that ET is organizing to invade the EC summit and Dehaene is cool to Blair? I do not. The ET excursion is an opportunity to expand market, so to speak. Dispatch invitations. Prep script. You have 60 days.

ooo, I wish I spoke French fluently and USD wasn't worth the toilet tissue on which it's printed...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Mar 9th, 2008 at 01:05:14 PM EST
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Is Bloomberg copying stuff from earlier articles on StopBlair, or did they talk to Jérôme recently and again mis-interpreted our campaign's Speaker as the lone Founder?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Mar 9th, 2008 at 02:55:25 PM EST
I couldn't say. May I suggest an invitation to Brussels for the reporter?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Mar 10th, 2008 at 10:51:42 AM EST
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and misinterpreted. It must have come up in the discussion that I was one of the founders of ET, but I did point out to the guy (who was quite friendly, and seemed interested to read ET more) that I was not even actively involved in preparing the petition...

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon Mar 10th, 2008 at 12:27:49 PM EST
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I already had a low opinion of journalists' attention for detail in general (sorry to journalists on ET), but seeing them in operation during StopBlair managed to lower it even further...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Mar 10th, 2008 at 02:35:59 PM EST
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i think it buttressed the meme, what happened here, and gave them an extra handle to crank...

maybe there are millions who would have signed, had they seen it, but the tools we had didn't reach that far.

otoh, 24,000 sigs is pretty hard to reach, so commands some respect in itself.

the fact that it was a blog that organised it has some news novelty value still too.

what gives me a kick is seeing jerome's name up there with those other spokesmen/luminaries, that's the chief result of this exercise, and is totally fitting.

that last diary J. put up at kos was the best yet. He has a great overview, vision, and clear style of communication. truly impressive, as is ET, his brainchild. look for much growth in clout as blogging attains more credibility, and J's outreach (both here and stateside at dkos) is amplified by accretion of numbers in readership, reputation, and quality of commentary.

i could mention precision of prophecy here, but it sounds a bit churchy...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Mar 16th, 2008 at 05:13:58 PM EST

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