Friday, October 30, 2009

Tony Blair: L’Europe, ce n’est pas moi

It is reported that the star of the first Emperor of the Holy European Empire is fading.


Who else could wear the crown of Charlemagne with such pseudo-royal finesse? Who else could possibly match Tony Blair on the world stage? Who else could charm and smarm his way from Rome and Berlin to Paris and Dublin? Who else could create the role ex nihilo and give the semblance of an omnipotent ‘President of Europe’ to balance the President of the United States. Of course, the power of the role is nothing like, but seeming is all. And Tony Blair ‘seems’ par excellence.

It is inconceivable to Cranmer that the Presidency would go to anyone else: the role was made for Tony Blair, and he for it. God knows, he even converted in order to proclaim the Old Faith at home and abroad, even if it be not quite according to Pope Benedict’s hermeneutic.

Mr Blair’s problem is his campaign team. David Miliband clearly irritated EU leaders with his allusion to Mr Blair’s political X-Factor – his ability to ‘stop the traffic in Moscow and Beijing’. And the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom told EU leaders: 'Get real - this is a unique opportunity to get a strong progressive politician to be president.' When Gordon Brown instructs his fellow EU leaders to ‘get real’ about Mr Blair’s candidacy, the medium becomes offensive and patronising. Who, after all, is he to lecture the presidents and prime ministers of the great nations of Europe to ‘get real’? Why should the omnipotent Franco-German Axis, the progeny of Emperor Charlemagne, listen to a gruff Scottish schizoid whose political growl is as feeble as a dying breath?

And so Tony Blair now has competition in the form of:

John Bruton of Ireland
Bertie Ahern also of Ireland
Jan Peter Balkenende of the Netherlands
Herman Van Rompuy of Belgium
Vaira Vike-Freiberga of Latvia
Wolfgang Schüssel of Austria
Jean-Claude Juncker of Luxembourg
Felipe Gonzalez of Spain
Paavo Tapio Lipponen of Finland
and Fredrik Reinfeldt of Sweden

Failures, pygmies, nobodies and has-beens (or are they have-beens?). The only name missing is Neil Kinnock.

Until one realises that perhaps the very notion of 'President Blair' would be antithetical to the EU’s historic modus operandi. The Empire has not got where it is today by being overt, in-your-face and transparent with all its plans and strategies disclosed. No, it has only become omnipotent through covert and under-hand means, by being secret and opaque. Pick the most anonymous, innocuous name from the list above, and perhaps you are more likely to find the first ‘President of Europe’, for the role is best forged behind the scenes, out of the public gaze, unscrutinised by an oblivious, distracted, celebrity-obsessed media. And Tony Blair is a political superstar: he would be the very incarnation of the hitherto-concealed and frequently-refuted reality that the EU is indeed a state, with its own government, diplomatic service, central bank, currency, airspace, army...

And so the first President of Europe is to be chosen in secret by an élite trinity: the BBC reports that EU leaders ‘have now set up a three-man team to decide on their position’.

Three men to decide the President of half a billion people?

As Charles Moore once observed, the inexorable drive to ever-closer union ‘is being conducted like a papal conclave’. In this, he echoed the late Lord Shore of Stepney, who observed that the Commission behaves ‘like a priestly caste - similar to what it must have been in pre-Reformation days, when the Bible was in Latin, not English; the Pope, his cardinals and bishops decided the content of canon law and the message came down to the laymen, only when the Latin text was translated into the vernacular by the dutiful parish priest’.

Such a top-down, autocratic system of government is antithetical to the bottom-up model of accountability which beats with the heart of Protestant theology. From Rome’s Jean Monnet and Robert Schumann to Lisbon’s Chancellor Werner Fayman and whoever the other two are, it is government by the anti-democratic guardians of self-interest.

Plus ça change.


Anonymous plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose said...


30 October 2009 at 09:34  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

Oh dear
And I was wondering what name he would take on assuming office and his uniform..

The late, great and much lamented Peter Simple had a good slant on the latter. In the run up to the Iraq war, he speculated on what role Tony Blair would take when George Bush assumed the title of Emperor of the Chaldees. He concluded that Blair would look appropriate in a suit of purple velvet with diamond buttons

30 October 2009 at 09:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You forgot Lord Mandelson of Foy, the Eminence Gaie.

30 October 2009 at 10:08  
Blogger Dungeekin said...

What I find even more mirth-inducing than the thought that our European cousins might even entertain the Arch-Bush-Fellater after the Iraq debacle - is the suggestion being mooted that David Millipede is in the frame for the EU Foreign Minister's job.

Presumably for negotiations with the world's major banana-producers?



30 October 2009 at 10:09  
Blogger Timothy Belmont said...

The Blair enthronement? I nominate Nigel Farage, Your Grace!


30 October 2009 at 10:29  
Anonymous Knighthawk said...

Blugeoned by a blunt recommendation. Entirely predictable.

30 October 2009 at 10:31  
Anonymous magdalensis said...

similar to what it must have been in pre-Reformation days

Well, every cloud has a silver lining.

30 October 2009 at 10:43  
Blogger Preacher said...

A Trinity! how appropiate Your Grace, & how humble the potentate looks in the photograph, I was going to say that Mr Blair didn't have the intelligence to run a newspaper stand, let alone preside over Europe, but then intellect will clearly not be a requirement for the end times leader, just double talk, the ability to break promises & blame others, a touch of animal cunning,an outward profession of faith, the ability to lick boots, take orders & smile as if you're enjoying it. Those are the requirements of the future antichrist. I wonder who fits the bill?.

30 October 2009 at 11:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This farce called European democracy will, unfortuantely, end up with riots on the streets all over the continent.

Then the clamp down will commence, Soviet style.

30 October 2009 at 11:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A new inquistion loooms on the horizon. We in the UK are the proto type with our 24/7 everywhere surveillance. A political/corporate police force(ACPO). DNA database. Snoops for councils. Paodophile laws to downgrade parents to criminals. Terrorism laws to suppress the law abiding.
You must not just obey the law but bow in worship of it.

30 October 2009 at 12:03  
Blogger D. Singh said...

'The empires of Charlemagne and the Hohenzollerns were personal and dynastic. The new Franco-German empire being created in Europe will be an intergovernmental, elite-driven, and bureaucratic one. The "constitution" being framed by Giscard is the constitution of a superstate with as little democratic accountability, as little respect for political freedoms, and as little chance of longevity as the empires of Charlemagne or the Hohenzollerns. The "constitution" will give a cabal of national leaders power over just about every aspect of personal and business life on the European continent. The constraints of national democratic accountability, already little more than vestigial, will be removed entirely as all meaningful decisions are taken by Councils answerable to no-one. The leaders of every EU country, without exception - not to mention the leaders, several of them ex-Communists, of accession countries - are strongly in favor of this elimination of accountability. They argue among themselves about the division of power in the new superstate. The smaller countries would prefer the state to be declared "federal" and to have more power given to the loathsome Commission, which they naïvely believe not to be in thrall to the bigger countries; the bigger countries prefer to concentrate power in the hands of the Council of Ministers; and the bigger countries argue among themselves about who gets the most "glamorous" jobs. They also argue about how aggressive the New Soviet Union should be in a new Cold War against the US. But the one thing on which all of them are absolutely agreed is that their control, shared with interlocking bureaucratic, media, and business elites, should in no way be disturbed by the exercise of political freedom by their subjects.'

Bernard Connolly,

The Circle of Barbed Wire

(Bruges Group)

30 October 2009 at 12:19  
Anonymous Hank Petram said...

A President Berlusconi would be fun.

30 October 2009 at 12:24  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Mr Preacher,

Interesting post. If the 70 year prophecy about Israel is valid then Israel is due to 'end' in 2018 (beginning May 1948). Minus 7.5 years that takes us to May 2011 for the 7 years of 'tribulation'. 3.5 years into that 'tribulation' period guess who is going to to hold the EU presidency? Our old friends, the descendants of Italy and Greece.

The key here is to realise that Italy and Greece will hold the joint-presidency of the Union for the Mediterranean on the behalf of the EU.

It looks like the fourth and terrible beast that Danial saw really will emerge from the Mediterranean.

30 October 2009 at 14:58  
Anonymous Brian E. said...

In case European politicians haven't noticed, USA and most other countries elect their presidents.

30 October 2009 at 15:23  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Brian E

The European Union is not a democracy. The EU's constitution is self-amending.

The people are superfluous to its functioning.

30 October 2009 at 15:28  
Blogger ZZMike said...

Here's a telling quote from the Financial Times article:

Brussels outcry puts Blair presidency in doubt

"Gordon Brown, prime minister, made an impassioned appeal at a private meeting with fellow socialists to back Mr Blair."

I'm surprised that they actually admit they're socialists. Maybe it's common knowledge over there. Over here, they won't admit it - yet.

I don't see how anyone would want to be president of the EU. It's hard enough running a village; running the world is more than a mere mortal can handle.

The old Greek guy was right - anybody who'd want that office should be immediately disqualified (on those very grounds).

But still, 'tia a grand circus.

30 October 2009 at 15:47  
Blogger ZZMike said...

"But still, 'tis a grand circus."

(Early morning fumbling fingers.)

30 October 2009 at 15:48  
Anonymous Anguished Soul said...

"Gordon Brown, prime minister, made an impassioned appeal at a private meeting with fellow socialists to back Mr Blair."

Seems the curse of Jonah has actually saved us.

30 October 2009 at 16:38  
Anonymous not a machine said...

Your grace , I now realise the church of England can reflect gods sense of humour , a very amusing article , a classic even, reminding me of how important freedom of thought is , and it appears with Blairs position failing some hope !!

30 October 2009 at 16:41  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

I wonder whether Carla Bruni-Sarkozy might be a candidate.
Her slogan could be 'Yes we can-can'

After all she does have the legs.

30 October 2009 at 16:43  
Blogger Unsworth said...

Your Grace

Miliband is an irritant. To everyone and everything, I suspect.

And who believes in the integrity of Blair? Only those who believe they have something to gain from his elevation.

30 October 2009 at 17:21  
Blogger Bob said...

It is the curse of Brown. Be afraid...

30 October 2009 at 22:49  
Anonymous Voyager said...

You forgot the Prime Minister of The Netherlands Jan Peter Balkenende who is the most likely candidate.

Blair was a non-starter from the beginning which shows how far British media is limited to its own newsroom for input. Britain really is a village cut off from the wider world as far as its media is concerned; parochial in the extreme.

The EU is Plato's Republic designed to make the republic safe from democracy; Blair is simply a polarising figure imbued with excessive narcissism and successfully with media connivance pursued a one-man campaign of self-glorification and national destruction unseen in Europe since The Austrian backed by Alfred Huegenberg's media empire became Reichskanzler in January 1933 and destroyed the country he was appointed to lead.

31 October 2009 at 09:24  
Blogger Robert said...

"Tony the King, our Lord and Sovereign,
Full seven years hath sojourned in Europa,
Conquered the land, and won the western main,
Now no fortress against him doth remain,
No city walls are left for him to gain, Save Brussels, that sits on high mountain."

--mildly distorted "Song of Roland"

31 October 2009 at 09:43  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Mr Voyager,

It is most unlike you not to be attentive.

Jan Peter Balkenende of the Netherlands is third on His Grace's list (and the list is in no particular order).

31 October 2009 at 10:07  
Anonymous no nonny said...

Robert - I'm all for distorting Roland!!! Well done (so long as Bliar doesn't lead 'em in singing in 2066..).

31 October 2009 at 10:26  
Blogger southwood said...

Charlemagne Blair and his holy Roman Empire. Think I can't take any more.

31 October 2009 at 10:59  
Blogger ENGLISHMAN said...

And who votes for it every time,knowing that there is no difference between the lib/lab/con trick?

31 October 2009 at 11:21  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Jan Peter Balkenende of Holland

the Prime Minister of The Netherlands Jan Peter Balkenende

You think they are one and the same Your Grace ?

31 October 2009 at 13:44  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Mr Voyager,

Is your objection to His Grace's deployment of the vernacular for what is more strictly a geographical region?

31 October 2009 at 14:44  
Anonymous Voyager said...

No objection Your Grace, merely tweaking your beard. As you recall Oliver Cromwell wanted to merge The Netherlands with The Commonwealth but the Dutch got cold feet unfortunately. What a thing that would have been - a United Protestant Republic - would have changed European history.

As you know Your Grace - Holland is in Lincolnshire, near Boston

31 October 2009 at 16:05  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Mr Voyager,

His Grace his having so much of his corpse battered and buffeted at the moment, that a tweak of the beard is too subtle to register. He apologises, and has amended.

31 October 2009 at 16:14  
Blogger southwood said...

Just read a minute ago that Tony's star is waning re becoming pres of EU. Mmmm...

31 October 2009 at 18:26  
Anonymous Adrian P said...

I can recommend Alex Jone's 'Fall of the Republic' if anyone has a spare couple of hours.

Treanor News Website

For those that don't have 2hrs 20 mins to spare, can I suggest these :-

Lord Pearson on the Islamification of Europe

Lord Pearson

31 October 2009 at 23:58  
Blogger Unsworth said...

@ Voyager

And - Holland and Holland?

1 November 2009 at 11:04  
Anonymous Voyager said...

The extent of the parts of Holland (the pre-1974 county) was the same as that of the combined modern local government districts of Boston and South Holland.

Holland was all close to sea level, achieving a maximum altitude of about five metres on artificially raised river banks (levees). It therefore needed carefully managed drainage to maintain the very productive arable farmland which covered almost its entire extent.

Holland is 7,494 square kilometres (land and water included), making it roughly 13% of the area of the Netherlands

1 November 2009 at 11:52  
Anonymous Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond said...

Enjoyable as ever Your Grace and an apt photo montage of His Magnificense.
I am seeking access to 'that' photograph some years ago of PM Blair wearing a purple velvet two-piece when he met Silvio Berlusconi for a jolly while on his holidays.
I would whether you are able to help in pointing me in the right direction Your Grace, or perhaps one of your followers, my own attempts thus far having failed.

22 November 2009 at 15:22  

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