Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Less popular than Van Rompuy

Most opinion polls tend to tell you what you already know, and to reinforce the "received wisdom" about politics and politicians. But I have to admit to being startled by one of the findings in the PoliticsHome poll on the European presidency released this afternoon.

In my own personal view, the whole appointments procedure has been a complete fiasco and we have ended up, in Herman Van Rompuy and Cathy Ashton, with a pair of complete political pygmies in the EU's two most senior roles.

Yet that is not entirely how the wider public sees it, apparently. While agreeing that the process has been undemocratic, most people are relieved that a low-profile figure such as Van Rompuy has taken the presidential job rather than a "traffic stopper" such as Tony Blair.

According to PH: "61% believe that Van Rompuy is preferable to Tony Blair as president." Isn't that just a spectacular measure of the obloquy into which the three-times election victor has now sunk?

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1 comment:

Robert said...

If it was Blair and say Miliband we could see serious problems as this pygmy war mongering little turd would have taken a big step to becoming one nation the United States of Europe.

People were worried that the books were being cooked so to speak. But with these two taking up the roll then people do not see Europe as a threat, they think ah well these are nobodies so the EU is not out to get us, or they hope....