by Jerome a Paris
Wed Feb 13th, 2008 at 02:31:51 AM EST
Our Letter to the Editor made it to the Financial Times this morning:
Many will agree that Europe does not deserve Blair
Sir, Denis McShane believes that "Europe needs the leadership and ability of Blair" (February 11), but seems to be preparing the ground for a failure of Tony Blair's candidature for the presidency of the European Council by suggesting that Europe does not really deserve such a great man.
The depiction of Mr Blair "groaning" and "visibly wilting" in expectation of hours of "numbing talks" in Brussels suggests he is manifestly unfit for facilitating discussions and brokering agreements among the Council members, the very essence of the job.
Many readily agree that Europe does not deserve Mr Blair, albeit for other reasons. His support for the catastrophic invasion and occupation of Iraq against the will of the majority of the population of both his own country and the rest of Europe, his refusal even to try to bring the UK into the eurozone, or his efforts to keep the European charter of fundamental rights from applying in the UK, ensure that he would not be representative of the European Union population. In fact, your FT/Harris poll of last June shows that this assessment is shared by a large number of Europeans, as does the success of the online petition against a Blair candidature - http://stopblair.eu - that has just been launched (and was mentioned in print for the first time by your very own Observer on February 5).
Editor, European Tribune
Thanks to all for the excellent editing work!