October 2nd, 2009

President Blair?

I see Tony Blair is likely to become President of the EU.

My first thought was, "Oh my God, how can they possibly think of giving the job to that smarmy, venal crook?"

My second thought was, "Don't be so naive: all politicians are smarmy, venal crooks. Blair has charisma, he's a natural leader. He will give Europe real clout on the world stage."

I've always supported the EU. I know the government in Brussels/Strasbourg is bureaucratic, petty, wasteful, corrupt- but those things are matters of detail. The great thing about the EU- and what it was set up to do- is that it  has made the idea of war between the states of Western Europe all but unthinkable. When you consider European history-  how we've continuously mauled one another since the collapse of the Roman Empire- the past half century of peace is an all but miraculous achievement. 

Sorry To Return To This, But...

Why all this celebrity support for Polanski when nobody jumped to the defence of Gary Glitter?

What has Roman got that Gary hasn't?

No-one plays Gary's music anymore, but Polanski is still in work. At the time of his arrest he was preparing a movie about Tony Blair.
I don't get it, I really don't.