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Election by After Eight.

Posted by Jason O on Oct 29, 2009 in European Union

A particularly minty form of ballot paper.

A particularly minty form of ballot paper.

Although the eurosceptic nonsense about the EU being undemocratic is just that, there is nevertheless, the fact that it is not democratic in the sense that any European voter would recognise it. Consider how the new EU president is being chosen: Tony Blair is the big name, but it is very possible that the leaders of Europe, over coffee and mints, could suddenly agree on a name for whom most Europeans will go “Who the hell is that? Is that the guy who fixed our fridge when it broke down last year? Looks like him. Of course, I’d have to see the crack of his arse poking out from the back of his jeans to be sure.” How on Earth can you build democratic legitimacy with that carry-on? 

It is just not  good enough. This person will eventually have the trappings of a head of state, and therefore the people of the EU who pay them are going to have to get a say. And I don’t mean through the European Parliament either. 

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