Words and posturing cannot disguise the EU’s pig’s ear

Alastair Campbell, the Prime Minister’s press secretary, is apparently following up his triumphs in Kosovo - which was a presentational disaster almost from the beginning to beyond the end of hostilities - by trying to sort out the European Union’s way of doing its PR business.

Alastair Campbell, the Prime Minister’s press secretary, is

apparently following up his triumphs in Kosovo - which was a

presentational disaster almost from the beginning to beyond the end of

hostilities - by trying to sort out the European Union’s way of doing

its PR business.



The secret, it seems, is strong central co-ordination. Sooner or later

it will dawn on dear old Alastair that those who are not dependent on

Tony Blair’s patronage - such as sovereign NATO nations and EU

commissioners - do not readily respond to the whims of Napoleon, as

Labour MP Tam Dalyell described our Prime Minister. I live in hope that

Mr Campbell will also discover in Britain at least that substance

matters and that not everything can be finessed away through a poodle

media which will become less lapdogish with the passing years.



The underlying reality of Kosovo was that few NATO leaders, apart from

Mr Blair, had any real stomach for halting genocide and, because they

were terrified of the consequences of the indiscriminate killing of

Yugoslav civilians and casualties among their own servicemen, were

driven to highly targeted air strikes which sometimes went wrong.



Every one of those nations, plus a NATO heaving with

bureaucratic/military rivalries, had therefore its own idiosyncratic

approach to briefing its own political publics.



Europe is controlled by a Franco-German axis which is fundamentally

undemocratic and which has chosen a man - Romano ProdiĆ¢ who is pursued

by allegations in his native Italy, to clean out its Augean stable of

fraud and corruption.



The last commission’s failure to muck out the mistal led to its sacking

but the fired commissioners are queuing up to resume their

well-upholstered lifestyles unless, or until, they can find a better

commercial ’ole to go to.



All the black arts of PR, spin doctoring and the inspired use of smoke

and mirrors cannot turn the blood of Kosovo into NATO wine or the pig’s

ear of Brussels into a EU silk purse. Nor can the understandable desire

to perpetuate what passes for ’peace’ in Northern Ireland disguise the

disgraceful pressure which is being applied to democrats there to share

an executive bed with terrorist front men with rockets, bombs and

Kalishnikovs still under the pillow.



I hold no brief for master-race Unionists - I despise them - still less

their terrorists. But the awful reality of Northern Ireland is that,

behind the fog of PR, a democratically-elected British government is

seeking to impose in a one-man-one-vote democracy terrorist-backed

ministers, as Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness would no doubt become if

David Trimble capitulated, with a private army at their disposal. And a

private army which has surrendered not so much as a peashooter in spite

of the moral obligations of the so-called peace process. Oh PR, what

crimes are committed in thy name.



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