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I have no doubt Mairead McGuinness will make an adequate Commissioner in some Commission role, but whatever happened to appointing the best person for the job?

Aren't you selling your countrywoman short? After all, McGuinness is First VP of the European Parliament. She didn't arrived there by accident, did she? Nor by "gender preference" either, right?

I understand we always want the best person for the job (I do too). However, Real Life, especially in politics, and even more so in European institutions politics, does not work that way. Compromises are inevitable, so let's move on.

Heck, "the best person for the job" was definitely Hogan, and his downfall was all of his own making: too much arrogance and hubris.What really did him in, I suspect, was his lamentable interview on RTÉ and not keeping level with his boss VDL. Had Hogan been a little less full of himself, we still would have an excellent Trade Commissioner to negotiate with the US and with the UK. Now, I understand that Didier Reynders might land the job (of course, it's all speculation at this point).

by Bernard on Mon Sep 7th, 2020 at 05:16:30 PM EST
And I hope the fact that she topped the poll for Vice President indicates she would have a good chance of being President next time around. Mairead is a former journalist turned parliamentarian who is an excellent spokesperson. She (to my knowledge) has never run anything bigger than her family, so whether she would be good at running a Ministry or a Commission directorate is somewhat unknown.

What is known is that she is well regarded by her peers in Parliament, and I would rate her present job higher than a non-job in the Commission and becoming President of the EP higher than a mid-range Commission job. Meanwhile we have a foreign Minister who did a good job on Brexit, securing a UN Security Council seat, and improving relations with a wide range of countries worldwide declining to offer his services because the President of the Commission had effectively told him not to bother.

Where is the democracy in that? He was the Irish government's preferred nominee and had good relationships on the Council. If the EP had said he wasn't suitable, that is one thing. At least it has a mandate to approve/disapprove Commissioners. But the EP had no say either. It is all down to Ursula, and her right to do what she did is not enshrined in any treaty. If Brexit goes pear shaped, expect strained relations between any Irish government and the European Commission.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Sep 7th, 2020 at 06:39:49 PM EST
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