Our Man In Brussels, or OK, how about I throw in a set of new mats?

The Irish Times:

There was growing acceptance among EU leaders in Brussels yesterday that allowing all 27 member states to retain a commissioner would be a key component of any deal to allow the Lisbon Treaty to be put to the Irish people in a second referendum next year.

I still don’t understand the fixation on having a full-time permanent Irish commissioner. Do people sincerely believe that Charlie McCreevy is out there fighting the good fight for the people of Ireland (or Peter Mandelson, say, for the people of the UK)? Maybe it was more important when there were less EU member states, but the power of one among 27 seems fairly negligible. If this is going to be a key component of a second referendum I suspect it is so because it’s quite an easy request to fulfil, since it’s of little real consequence beyond symbolic value.

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