Friday, 13 August 2010

Say Hello to William Hague's New Boss

"I'm the first new type of ambassador for the European Union anywhere in the world," says Portuguese Joao Vale de Almeida. "I'm supposed to have a wider mandate than my predecessors. Out delegations now cover a wide spectrum of issues well beyond the economic dimension, trade dimension and regulatory dimension, to cover all policies in the union, including foreign and security policy."

Mr Vale de Almeida, if you don't know it already, is the EU's ambassador to the US and he's suggested that American officials should regard him as their first point of contact for transatlantic discussions.

He is the first EU ambassador to be appointed after the controversial Lisbon Treaty gave the EU sweeping new powers.

Does this reduce the status of William Hague now that a Portuguese intends to speak for the UK on foreign policy?

Not only does it reduce the status of William Hague, the EU is beginning to make Westminster look like a parish council.

The Earl of Dartmouth, a UK Independence Party MEP said the ambassador's comments were proof that the EU diplomatic service is usurping the powers of nation states.

"All the other parties have supported or accepted the domination of the EU through the Lisbon Treaty. And this is the result. The British Government will be left discussing how British actors are portrayed in Hollywood at best." He added: "Of course Britain will continue to pay for the privilege.

"This is only the start, as the existence of Britain's permanent seat on the UN Security Council is already in the EU sights".

Again we will have the propaganda from the coalition government. Martin Cole has written to Liam Fox and William Hague with his suggestions which made a great deal of sense, but I very much doubt if he'll receive a positive response.


JRB said...

Like some evil, cancerous Topsy, the EU just grows and grows.

If any sane or sensible politicians (an oxymoron if ever there was one) read this blog – then please, get us out of the EU asap – I beg you!

Mr. Mxyzptlk said...


Now hold on there in this new age of austerity having the one EU ambassador instead of having one for each region of the E.U..........Must save a (much needed)fortune for the U.K and the other minor regional powers.

this costly duplication should stop asap and at the end of the day E.U powers overrule any regional laws, treaty's etc.

One day sub you and the E.U Luddites will finally admit its all over and you lot lost...

Strathturret said...

Maybe he'll keep the UK out of disasterous foreign ventures: iraq and Afghanistan for example.
The EU has fought zero wars in 43 years. Not bad i'd say.

All Seeing Eye said...

Well he would say that wouldn't he? as someone once famously observed.

It's in his interests to talk the talk when it comes to his job but we didn't appoint him or choose him. This bit of unaccountable despotism is of course brought to you by "Baroness" Ashtray, whose only encounter with the ballot box was coming second to Margaret Beckett in a Face Most Like A Horse Competition.

The sooner we escape from this socialist abomination the better.

All Seeing Eye said...

The EUs fingerprints were and remain all over the messy war in Bosnia, Strathturret.

banned said...

"I'm the first new type of ambassador for the European Union "

Not in my name.

subrosa said...

John, I don't think our politicians realise just how many people are beginning to understand what being a full member of the EU means.

But it's only until the cost is itemised on their daily till receipts all will understand.

subrosa said...

Niko, I won't go down without a fight.

subrosa said...

Some member states of the EU are part of the Afghanistan was Strathturret although some refused to send their troops if I remember correctly.

subrosa said...

How can we get out of it ASE with the political desire to be right in it that we have at present?

subrosa said...

Not in my name either banned but I just don't know what to do about it.

Dark Lochnagar said...

Niko, you're talking pish. The EU is a monsterous waste of money and duplication. One day we will be out of it. We hand over £90Billion more than we get back. What do we get for it? Bugger all and if I was over at mine, I wouldn't be so polite!

Strathturret said...

How many votes did anti-EU parties get at last Uk GE?

subrosa said...

Not nearly enough Strathturrent. Only UKIP and the BNP have anti-EU policies although I suspect a few of the very small parties do too.

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