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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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