One day after Brown’s louche, ill-mannered and gutless behaviour over the signing of the EU Constitution, France’s President Sarkozy was up and about talking of his dream of a Europe that was even more ‘politically integrated’. As the French have always been and continue to see themselves as one of the prime movers of things European, we can expect the EuroNabobery swiftly to pick up the gauntlet thus thrown down and for new power-grabs to be proposed that will make Brown look an even bigger fool than he does already.
After all they have already started to implement the Constitution, before anyone has had a chance to ratify it let alone for all 27 member complete their individual ratification processes. For, as the Telegraph reports, the unelected EuroNabobery has already taken the creation of an EU Diplomatic Service as read and appointed its first ‘Ambassador’, who will speak on behalf of the EU with African states from a base in Addis Abbaba. The Telegraph adds that Belgian Koen Vervaeke will also speak for the EU’s 27 member states in Africa.
Ineffectual at best and treacherous at worst, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has yet to be disbanded and we still have Ambassadors and High Commissioners in on or two spots on that sad continent (even if two of them are shop-soiled Labour politicians). One is bound to ask by what lawful right the EU pretends to speak for all 27 member states before the Treaty comes into force. None is the answer save that the EU says that this is an ‘exceptional’ case.
That matters not in law but then the EU (a bit like the Labour Party at home) is not much troubled by the law and is so arrogant that it is pressing ahead with arrangements for its Diplomatic Service before ratification.
But why wait? After all, the whole rotten racket has been set up, as we well know, to avoid any chance of this Treaty not coming into force and so confident are they of the 27 member states dumb compliance with their instructions to ram the Treaty through come what may that they feel able to anticipate the law. Expect other ‘exceptions’ to occur to them in 2008 in such anticipation.
Meanwhile Sarkozy’s suggested ten-member ‘Reflection Group’ will do no reflecting (you cannot chew on a cud that has already become a cowpat) but will, as sure as eggs is eggs, be planning the next set of power grabs. After all, Sarkozy has a recent mandate from his people, something which Brown eschewed the opportunity of acquiring in one of the greatest acts of political cowardice of all time, so he feels able to move the Europe debate along, especially as the supine French show no sign of complaining about the overthrow of their ‘Non’ in their 2005 referendum.
Brown, on the other hand, is well on his way to becoming a lame-duck Prime Minister. After his antics last week he has as much influence on affairs in Brussels as does a wildebeeste surrounded by a pack of hyenas. His chances of being able to deflect any ‘reflections’ this group may have is accordingly minimal and so either he or, if he is deposed in a Labour putsch, that unctuous little squirt Miliband or some equally unprepossessing Labour second-rater will find themselves summoned to accept their next set of instructions about how to achieve a bit more political integration.
And so it goes on.