June 19, 2004


Signing the constitution is Mr Blair's big blunder (Daily Telegraph, 19/06/2004)

At EU summits, there is always a row and always a deal – and the European constitution negotiations did not disappoint. Tony Blair's spin doctors did not quite say, "Gentlemen in England now abed shall think themselves accursed they were not here," but he was, apparently, battling like Henry V against the French and also the Germans. But he signed the constitution anyway, even though last week's election results clearly show he had no mandate to do so.

Wellington swears.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 19, 2004 1:34 PM

"Do you want that raggedy-ass Chirac for your king? . . . Do you want your children to sing Le Marsellaise?"

Posted by: Mike Morley at June 19, 2004 2:03 PM

Mr. Blair is obviously a brave man who deserves the wide respect he has in the States, but it is hard not to see part of him as a typical modern professional politician in thrall to polls, the party faithful and his spinmeisters. He seems to back away from the clear moral choices Thatcher and Reagan saw had to be made up front and without apology. He doesn't seem to know what to do with the UN. He is obviously telling Britons they can be both good Atlanticists and good Europeans, and also that they can be both progressive Europeans and proud Britishers.

He gets an A for courage, but it is hard to know what to give him for conviction.

Posted by: Peter B at June 20, 2004 11:07 AM