Slipped out during all the re-shuffle announcements was one that informed us Lord Hill was to be Cameron’s nominee for a European Union Commission post. One can well imagine Nigel Farage’s statement to Van Rompuy echoing round the country – just who the hell are you? I’ve never heard of you.
Mark Wallace, on ConservativeHome, has an article on this appointment – but one has to ask whether it was Grommit that actually penned it. I inquire because anyone who can write:
The British Commissioner, along with the Foreign Secretary, has a crucial job to do if the Prime Minister is to stand even a miniscule chance of being able to wave a renegotiation in the air and proclaim it a success.
Ultimately, the success or failure of Lord Hill will rest on the performance of Philip Hammond at the FCO and Downing Street. They choose how to play the renegotiation, and what public signals to send to other EU leaders.
really should go back to school and learn their ‘times tables’ as what is written just does not add up.
We all know – or should know by now – that an EU Commissioner has but one responsibility; and that is to the EU. In any event someone who admits that he is not very good at thinking long term ahead ain’t going to be much use to Jean Claude. Bearing in mind that (a) Juncker is reported to have said that if Cameron wishes to secure an important Commission post he stands a better chance if he nominates a woman; and (b), the state of relationship that currently exists twixt Juncker and Cameron, then one can only presume Lord Hill will end up with the portfolio for counting paper clips.
Having been given the opportunity of a job that is well paid and provides one hell of a good pension, I for one am not surprised that he still has a smile on his face – mind you, that smile may well disappear rather quickly if he does not get past his ‘interview’ with the EU Parliament.