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If the captain is piss-drunk and wants to head towards the storm, it might be better to just drift around for a while...

Part of the issue here is that in the process of building the engine, we also shape the captain who crews it. All other things being equal, I agree that European integration is A Good Thing. But all other things are not necessarily equal, and anyway, I'm not among those you need to win over, because I'm already in favour of Lisbon - in fact, if I have a complaint, it is that Lisbon doesn't go far enough.

- Jake

Austerity can only be implemented in the shadow of a concentration camp.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Nov 26th, 2008 at 04:20:05 PM EST
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Yes there needs to be controls on Captains, but that doesn't mean building ships without engines.  And your argument that the engine shapes the captain is a bit weird. The proposed Engine in this case is the Lisbon constitutional structure of the EU.  The question of who gets the top job is an entirely distinct question.  Blair might even have had himself in mind for the job.  That doesn't mean he will get it, and indeed, makes it no more likely that he will get it.

We could write an entire diary on the ship of state metaphor for constitutional reform.  Most politicians are better suited for sailing boats as they just go wherever the wind blows tacking from left to right all the while.  Blair fancied a luxury cruise liner with all his rich buddies on board.  The neocons wanted a battle ship they could base their missiles on.  I'd be happy with a  hard working feighter keeping the economies ticking over - using solar/wind energy, of course!

notes from no w here

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Nov 26th, 2008 at 04:40:53 PM EST
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