Cowen backs Blair for EU Council President

This is a specially scathing comment of referendum victor Brian Cowen’s declaration of support on Sky News for Tony Blair as first (semi) permanent President of the EU Council when the Treaty is finally ratified. Do people really think it proves Cowen is a British lap-dog? And that the Taoiseach’s praise the former PM’s achievements in the peace process is old hat now?

  • ste

    Well, why wouldnt the big fat, vile, inept, communist piece of shit traitor endorse a fellow EUSSR brother in arms.

    What a Pathetic little Region.

  • ste

    Where Were The Sons Of Cúchulainn?
    .
    The inheritors of Brian Boru, the descendants of Padriag Pearse and the others of the Easter Rising.

    All gone away now, so it seems, gone to join the Tuatha Dé Danann in the land under the hill.

    88 years, not very long in the life of nations, that’s all it took . From Independence gained by the blood of heroes, to subservience, to bending to bullying and bribery, to becoming a vassal state again.

    I think every Irishman who voted YES should take a trip out to Kilmainham Gaol and apologise to the men who died there, stood up against a wall.

    “You cannot conquer Ireland. You cannot extinguish the Irish passion for freedom. If our deed has not been sufficient to win freedom, then our children will win it by a better deed.”

    Padraig Pearse -1916 after being sentenced to death

    ——————–

    What a Pathetic little Region.

    http://img203.imageshack.us/img203/1320/ir7.jpg

  • DC

    Only the other day I was thinking about the Blair-as-president situation. I agree with the faults over Iraq war and war against terror and those flawed political “beliefs” that is to say Blair believed in America as a model of progress. A bit starry eyed. That was then.

    As most enterprising individuals admit – you learn from your past mistakes and it makes you a better person in terms of experience and making better decisions and getting better outcomes in the future.

    The current Tony Blair is not only well briefed but is an extremely active global partner if not leader in multi-faith tolerance, in global climate change and in peace processing in the Middle East. He is already addressing those key issues. He has been a great friend to Ireland, better than David Cameron could ever be.

    See his historic speech here:

    http://www.historyplace.com/speeches/blair.htm

    Not to also mention of course those very strong and relevant connections stateside, he was the first person of merit to visit Obama! The past is there though for Tony Blair to bite him a little about those USA-led and Labour backed judgement calls on Iraq; but, it is the future which holds the challenges to Britain and Europe.

    Tony Blair’s vast and relevant political networks and connections are indespensible to a modern Europe. He is as a man serious about poverty and genuine on getting global climate change agreements. These are two of the most important issues in today’s world let alone Europe. Check Google is you don’t believe me re Blair’s post-PM work!

    I do feel he shouldn’t be paid a considerable salary given that most people coming to the post will likely be wealthy because of the experience and background of the person required for the post – wealth and power are sadly connected in all spheres of life; ergo the EU President will already have enough money to get by without ever having to work another day. There will also be something more edifying if the EU keep the salary down for Blair as it will make things stick better by reducing those moralistic arguments belonging to the hard-right anti-EU brigade.

    My only concern is that physically he looks knackered, he has aged 12 years in about 2.

    But fair play Cowen, in my view Blair really is best man for the job. Who else is out there better, seriously?

  • DC

    This from Blair’s speech to the Dail:

    “So like it or not, we, the British and the Irish, are irredeemably linked.

    We experienced and absorbed the same waves of invasions: Celts, Vikings, Normans — all left their distinctive mark on our countries. Over a thousand years ago, the monastic traditions formed the basis for both our cultures. Sadly, the power games of medieval monarchs and feudal chiefs sowed the seeds of later trouble.

    Yet it has always been simplistic to portray our differences as simply Irish versus English — or British. There were, after all, many in Britain too who suffered greatly at the hands of powerful absentee landlords, who were persecuted for their religion, or who were for centuries disenfranchised. And each generation in Britain has benefited, as ours does, from the contribution of Irishmen and women.

    Today the links between our parliaments are continued by the British-Irish Parliamentary Body, and last month 60 of our MPs set up a new all-party “Irish in Britain Parliamentary Group.”

    Irish parliamentarians have made a major contribution to our shared parliamentary history. Let me single out just two:

    Daniel O’Connell, who fought against injustice to extend a franchise restricted by religious prejudice;

    Charles Stewart Parnell, whose statue stands today in the House of Commons and whose political skills and commitment to social justice made such an impact in that House.

    So much shared history, so much shared pain.

    And now the shared hope of a new beginning.”

    Ste, who else do you want? Some truly pathetic Luxembourgish with a chip on his shoulder, wise the bap mate, we all get sentimental but it’s going to happen regardless of whom, but make sure you back someone who bears in mind Britain and Ireland at least!

  • Dave

    DC, Germany favours the Danish prime minister for that role. That means Blair won’t be in a position any position to smile benignly on North/South links. Of course, neither will Cameron if the UK finds itself out of the EU and Ireland is locked into it. I’d say that’s your North/South economy flushed down the crapper, kid.

  • DC

    Hang on Dave, Merkel and Tony have dined together, Tony is to Merkel: “my friend Tony”.

    See, I think, Seldon ‘Blair Unbound’ for the exact quote.

  • heck

    I would hope every sane Irishman (and British subject) will oppose this unrepentant lying war criminal for EU president. He lied the UK into an illegal war that has killed hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians (while lecturing the Irish and Palestinians-among others-about violence)

    And his faux sincerity and self righteousness is sickening.

  • DC
  • Dave

    I hope that Blair will get the role of EU president. He is perfect to expose the EU in its new role as a quasi-state. It needs a high-profile controversial politician rather than a quiet, non-contentious consensus man. Once the public begin to see the EU as an emergent state rather than as an organisation of states, then the cracks will widen as the warnings from democrats that the EU project is about creating a state will be seen to be empirically true rather than just theoretically true. It has overreached itself with this ambition, and that will be its undoing.

  • Only Asking

    Who ever made that comment is scathing of everybody, even Bolton, who is a knowledgeable enough reporter. Cowen with his good looks would be a brilliant candidate for folks on the hill, and there is more opposition to Blair becoming EU president within sections of Britain than there is in Ireland. Blair has divided as much as Thatcher, but he is presentable, interested in Ireland and a taig what more could any Irish man ask for?

  • Republic of Connaught

    Cowen is many things but is no British lapdog. Nor is any Irish Taoiseach who would be happy to promote an “Ireland-friendly” EU council president.

    Tony Blair as EU council President would do more favours for Ireland, if he could, than some Dane or German.

  • Heck Hurrah

    Nice updated map of Ireland.
    “Only the other day I was thinking about the Blair-as-president situation. I agree with the faults over Iraq war and war against terror and those flawed political “beliefs” that is to say Blair believed in America as a model of progress”

    Dude: Blair is a war criminal. Even UN lap dog Kofi Anan had to admit it. They invaded a peaceful country, Iraq, on a pretext, looted its treasures, raped its women (and men and boys – it is the British army we are talking about after all), tortured its citizens, got masked terrorists to hang its president (after breaking the geneva Convention by parading him) etc etc.

    This is before we get on to talking about his war crimes against Palestinians, where he currently pretends to be an independent lap dog. Put himself and Mary Robinson together and see what Rosemary’s baby these two monsters will concoct.

  • Brit

    “I would hope every sane Irishman (and British subject) will oppose this unrepentant lying war criminal for EU president. He lied the UK into an illegal war that has killed hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians (while lecturing the Irish and Palestinians-among others-about violence)”

    We’re subjects in name only my friend.

    What lie(s) do you contend that Blair told? On what basis do you contend that the Iraq war was illegal (are you an expert on international law as you seem to know better than the UK’s attorney general)? And what war crimes do you contend that Blair has committed?

    The deaths were mainly a result of a vicious civil war and a massive AQ campaign rather than the short and succesful war fought by the US, UK and allies.

    “Blair believed in America as a model of progress”

    Not sure that is true. His own political vision was very different to that of the Republicans (small govt’, low tax etc) though clearly he and Clinton shared a similar outline. He thought the US/UK alliance was important particularly in the realm of foreign policy. And while the USA was the decision maker Blair was no Poodle. His Chicago speech set out his foreign policy vision at a time when George Bush was an isolantionist senator.

  • Brit

    “This is before we get on to talking about his war crimes against Palestinians”

    Don’t tell me he is part of the international Jewish I mean Zionist conspiracy too? Where does it end?

    The lovely peaceful Baathist regime. Peacefully torturing thousands to death in the most evil and inventive ways, and murdering hundreds of thousands of Marsh Arabs, Kurds and others. Peacefully supporting suicide terrorism. Peacefully starting wars with Iran and peacefully attempting to annex Kuwait. Peacefully creating a regime of totalitarian violence on a par with Stalins USSR or Hitler’s Germany.

  • Dave

    “What lie(s) do you contend that Blair told?” – Brit

    Do you mean other than the whopper about Iraq having WoMD that were aimed at the UK and could reach it before you’d finished eating the Yorkshire pudding your Sunday roast?

    That, of course, was a fairly substantial lie since it was used as the basis for invoking the Doctrine of Anticipatory Self-defence. If it is false (and it is), then the invasion of Iraq is an illegal war under international law and all killings thereafter count as war crimes.

    Not that Blair will suffer the same fate as other war criminals even though he undoubtedly is of that ilk.

  • Wilde Rover

    Brit,

    “The deaths were mainly a result of a vicious civil war and a massive AQ campaign rather than the short and succesful war fought by the US, UK and allies.”

    I will give you the benefit of the doubt by stating that I do not think you are so dull and poorly informed that you actually believe that, but if you believe the average reader of Slugger is so dull and poorly informed that they would believe that then I’m afraid you may be as deluded as the delusions you are trying to peddle.

  • igor

    “the blood of heroes”

    who killed far more of their own people in a squalid civil war grasping for money and power and then murdered their Protestant neighbours in West Cork and other areas

    Yes, real heroes ….not racist murderers…oh no