Lost in Commission

Irish Finance Minsiter Charlie McCreevy.
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Commissioner McCreevy’s actions demonstrate a total absence of respect for the European Parliament, and appear to be more appropriate for a paid lobbyist of the finance industry than a European Commissioner. His consultations are in our minds little more than time-wasting exercises embarked upon with the hope that they might provide further excuses for him not to carry out the will of the Parliament.

Me, I never understood why some Irish people opposed to the Lisbon Treaty saw fit to point toward the loss of a commissioner as a reason for voting no. Something to do, I think, with Ireland losing influence at the heart of Europe, or some similarly trite and ignorant formulation.

Well, it looks like losing a commissioner, everything else being equal, might have been a good thing for Ireland, as it could have stopped loads of Europeans from hating our guts so much (that is, of those who give a toss about the European Union and who can actually tell the difference between Ireland and England). That is not an argument I expect the No-Not-Again campaigns to put to good effect, but it is an argument nonetheless. However, the immediate problem is how in Christ the government is going to spew forth a candidate for commissioner who does not act like a paid lobbyist of the finance industry.

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3 Responses to “Lost in Commission”


  1. 1 Bock the Robber December 17, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    That’s because we’re so parochial, we think the Commissioner is like some kind of super county councillor. A sort of Danny Healy-Rae for Brussels, pulling Euro-strokes for us.

    McCreevy is a disgrace, but so was Flynn. It’s a FF tradition to send slithery reptiles to the Commission, making a laughing stock of us.

  2. 2 Hugh Green December 18, 2008 at 8:39 am

    There’s something in that. Our Fella in Brussels.

  3. 3 Longman Oz December 18, 2008 at 10:21 am

    Me, I never understood why some Irish people opposed to the Lisbon Treaty saw fit to point toward the loss of a commissioner as a reason for voting no.

    Was always a red herring, but it worked its charm in the summer and now, ironically, for the “no” campaign, it gives the government a chance to say they have got a concession on something that the “no” campaign put front and central as an issue.

    Life is funny.


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