The president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, one of three unelected presidents in Bruxelles, has decided it’s time to bestow his wisdom upon us again. And we should listen, right? After all, he was once prime minister of Belgium for a few months; unelected, of course, and that of a country which can go years with no democratic government. He says of other EU leaders’ attitude to the UK’s likely referendum that they ‘neither particularly like it, nor particularly fear it’. And, what’s more, Olli Rehn, the EU Commissioner representing Finland supports him.
It’s the ‘nor particularly fears it’ which is so strangely patronising and low-grade. Does Rompuy actually want pro-Europeans like me to think the European project is beyond saving? I’m not sure what his choice of words is supposed to convey, but I guess he’s trying to look hard and his audience is everyone except those of us in the UK. So he’s actually alienating the UK by pretending to do the opposite because that’s all in his personal interest (like giving up being a premier to get a better job in the EU). But me, I’m just wondering what they’re thinking in the Baltic and Scandanavian states. And wondering if we in the UK should be too scared of what the Greeks, Portugese, Italians, and so forth, think.
Then I remember that London, uniquely, is made up of people from all of these countries – and every country in the world. That’s because the UK is a pretty damn good place to be.
So, it doesn’t feel like we in the UK have much to feel afraid about re: Van Rompuy, actually. The daft old Eurocodger.