A La Guillotine

As Talleyrand said of the Bourbons “they learned nothing and forgot nothing” so it is with our Euro-elite.

Jean-Claude Juncker’s insolent public reaction to the US election shows that he thinks the world is wrong, not him.

“We will need to teach the president-elect what Europe is and how it works,” said Junker, “two years will be wasted while he tours a world he doesn’t know”.

This is patronising, stupid talk from a paid official of a continent which depends for its defence on America.

Like the Bourbons, Eurocrats can’t accept that times change and that those who would survive find new ways to do things.

That vox populi may be wiser than them, doesn’t occur to a neo-Bourbon. When confronted by the forces of democracy his reaction is to resist them.

The Eurocrats will probably carry on applying the narrow rules of their Euroworld until the whole thing falls apart.

This is how bureaucrats are.

Unfortunately when the EU was set up they didn’t put in a mechanism whereby men and women of stature could get the top jobs.

Instead we get petty officials wielding power – a fatal combination – hoisting Europe on a petard of third-raters.

A la guillotine.


Comments

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  1. A bit too far back IMHO, Dr Bob – still climbing out of the Great Depression, 3m unemployed, 70% unemployment in Wales – I think I’d rather not

  2. Ha Ha, skenneth, that’s what he’d like to tell ’em.

  3. I’m surprised JCJ hasn’t demanded the US run their vote again, until they get it right, like he’s told everyone else!

  4. Well yep, Sceppers, Merrie England and all that, but actually I think the country’s done pretty well since 1993. We’ve had all the benefits of the EU without a lot of of the downsides – Schengen, Euro, rebate etc – in fact we’ve done so well we’ve now got all these immigrants wanting to join us . . . . . .

    • “we’ve done so well” sounds to me like boasting about your own grade being much better, while forgetting that the grade you are compared to is an F …

  5. Wise words Roberto. If the EU confines itself to administering a free trade area, that’s fine. If it has political ambitions to be a federal state then it needs a new Constitution but, as you say, which among the nation states is going to vote for that?

  6. I agree, if the EU doers fouunder it will be because its constituent nations have not allowed a proper democratic process for the election of its top officials. This, of course, can only be implemented by surrendering national sovereignty and it seems that neither the EUs national governments nor its nation’s populations have had the courage or the imagination to work towards a unified federal state. This is the only way the EU can succeed, and it seems it can never happen.

  7. And a bottle of crystal meth by all accounts, zeitghost

  8. Yes it’s 1936 all over again with Germany re-arming and Churchill warning of the consequences, AnotherDavid

  9. Now Brexit means Brexit or is it Breakfast, JKJ will soon have a European army.
    What could possibly go wrong with a (possibly semi) dictator wanting to have Europe as one country.
    Food for thought.

  10. Minor correction: the popular vote was actually narrowly won by Clinton … but that doesn’t count in the US electoral vote system.

    • If I infer correctly, you’re saying that the electoral college system isn’t perfect. I agree completely. But neither is the first-past-the-post system. Fundamentally, it is not possible to have a perfectly equitable voting system in a non-homogenous group. So before you take that next step and actually criticise, have a look at exactly how they differ, and what the pros/cons of each is.

  11. Good old common-sense is the other way IMHO, AnotherDave

  12. Spot on, SEPAM, absolutely right

  13. Yes indeed AnotherDave, if Marine and Beppo take over Italy and France then game over for the EU. The EC is well intentioned but currently run by fools.

    • SecretEuroPatentAgentMan

      EU might possibly be well intentioned but seems certainly twice intentioned: the British intention of a trade community vs. the French intention of a united states of Europe (preferably under French leadership). With Brexit the remaining French intention is now longer balanced by the British approach, and it shows. Badly. And what remains of EU leadership is now completely detached from reality.

  14. Juncker has such an inflated idea of his importance it has driven him mad, NSMO, an official making such remarks about an elected leader is unprecedented and damages the interests of all who pay his salary – i.e every European.

  15. Unfortunately, I fear Juncker may actually be right about Trump.

    Nonetheless, your point is entirely valid. JCJs comments smack of someone who might yet be overtaken by such voices. As elections begin to occur around Europe, there may soon be the realisation that Brexit and Trump are not (perhaps) going to be isolated phenomena. Let’s see what happens in Italy…

  16. And no-one in Europe (except dear old BJ) is telling Juncker to think before he starts lecturing elected leaders.

    • As a citizen who lived extensively in 3 countries I respect USA’s freedom of views however allow others also do the same. Trump has my support for 6 months although I did not vote for him. Let the Newton’s law “every action has and equal and opposite reaction” take it course.

      • Thinking of what’s going on just now, I’m reminded of an old proverb…

        “An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth – A fair, rapid, and satisfying way to a sightless, toothless world.”

        I’d like to think there might be another way…

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