June 5, 2005

ON TO A CONTINENT WITH A FUTURE:

Blair gives up his fight for Europe (EDDIE BARNES AND FRASER NELSON

TONY Blair has decided to give up on Europe and focus his premiership instead on campaigning against poverty in Africa, close allies have revealed.

In a U-turn that will infuriate the leaders of France and Germany, Blair has told senior aides that he no longer believes that putting Britain at the "heart" of Europe will be his legacy.

One said last night: "Africa is worth fighting for. Europe, in its present form, is not."


There was never any chance that Britain would accept being European.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 5, 2005 8:31 AM
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But he does this in the interest of unifying Europe.

Since at least for now, Chirac and Schroeder et al. will be able to blast Blair for the EU's mess.

(IOW, if Tony Blair did not exist, Chirac would have had to invent him....)

Posted by: Barry Meislin at June 5, 2005 9:35 AM

Will Blair be Britain's first black PM?

Posted by: erp at June 5, 2005 10:19 AM

Blair should work to reduce the "influence" of the EU, not just avoid joining it. Convince some of the smaller countries that are getting shafted by France and Germany (like Ireland, the Netherlands) to pull out.

Posted by: AWW at June 5, 2005 1:13 PM

"Africa is worth fighting for. Europe, in its present form, is not."

He has been reading Spengler.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at June 5, 2005 10:23 PM

This meme will have staying power. Like Donald Rumsfeld's "Old Europe" remark.

Posted by: Gideon at June 5, 2005 11:30 PM
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