Saturday 5 March 2011
It's not often I attack the personalities of politicians but Baroness Ashton is an exception along with the Honest Haircut: two people who, in the positions they hold, are completely out of their depth.
However this post is about Lady Ashton, Vice-President of the European Union, who is shown (above) attempting to inspire others to reach the dizzy heights of EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy. Recently she was criticised for not ensuring the post of special EU envoy to the Middle east was filled after Marc Otte, who held the post since 2003, was not replaced when his term ended this week. Her excuse was that she is considering whether or not the post is necessary and it wlll probably be several months before she makes her decision.
Shocking as this may seem to those who follow EU matters, she has a strategy which is to take the Middle East dossier into her own hands. Considering it's reported that she is close to the 'special envoy of the diplomatic Quartet in the Middle East' that's no surprise. Tony Blair knew what to touch and what to avoid.
The Lady's latest spendthrift project will cost £8.5 million on polishing the image of her diplomatic service. The money will be spent to:
"llustrate to the general public the increasing importance of the role of the EU as a global actor in peace building and crisis management".
Also a tidy sum will be allocated to supporting networking activities which means VIP visits, receptions and lengthy lunches and dinners. Her spokesman said:
"This money is spent providing basic information on what the EEAS does. It is not for propaganda or to influence anybody. It is work which cannot be done in-house, for resource reasons. This is about providing information on a new EU service in 27 member states and across the globe. Looked at objectively, it provides good value for money."
This woman's professional behaviour spawns such fury within me; so much so that I realise I have a loathing for someone I have never met. Prior to her arrival on the EU stage, had anyone said it was possible to loath a stranger I would have been the first to contradict them, but Catherine Ashton has proven me wrong. She contributes nothing to the political world other than redefine the words greed and incompetence, yet she is still in office. Surely there is someone in the whole of her European External Action Service willing to knock her off her pedestal.