Blair: ‘I'll be president of Europe if you give me power’
Why, the power to intervene in matters of defence as well as trade.
And so the EU acquires overt military expression, and another tranche of sovereign power is ceded as the foundations are laid for a revived European Empire.
Cranmer won’t say he told you so, but he told you so.
The whole story features in The Guardian. Mr Blair has probably changed his mind on the matter as it has gradually dawned on him that he will never usher in everlasting peace as a Middle East
He will be in his element. As the Rt Hon William Hague observed in a masterful speech:
Meanwhile, in the Church Times, the Archbishop of Canterbury wants everyone to ‘be positive on Europe’ because he is concerned that it is more frequently defined in terms of what it is not than what it is, and there are ‘too many negative descriptions’.
Well, firstly, Cranmer would like to distinguish between Europe, which he loves, and the EU, which he loathes, and wishes his successor would do the same. It is noteworthy that the BBC has reported what Dr Williams quite distinctly said about 'Europe' as reference to the 'EU'. And secondly, Cranmer is quite content to say what the EU is - a fascist, totalitarian, anti-democratic, obfuscationally bureacratic Tower of Babel - and he makes no apology if that happens to sound just a little negative, because it is simply a matter of truth.
Echoing the themes of John Paul II and Benedict XVI, the Archbishop stressed that ‘to understand some of the most basic things for which the word “Europe” stands when it’s used positively, we need some thinking about religion as well — specifically about Christianity. And if the presence of Europe in the world hasn’t been, and isn’t now, exclusively a source of good things, it may be, I’ll be suggesting, that we find the problems appear in proper perspective only when we’ve thought harder about these religious issues.’
The man has an easy ability with succinct, memorable soundbites, and an inimitable gift for communicating his profound and complex thoughts in the vernacular.