More confirmation, if ever it was needed, on the “poodlehood” of Tony Blair, courtesy of this morning’s Financial Times:
Tony Blair was sounded out on the candidacy of Paul Wolfowitz to lead the World Bank before the White House announced his nomination but did not share the controversial proposal with cabinet colleagues or fellow European leaders.
The British prime minister was informed about Mr Wolfowitz’s possible candidacy and relayed to Washington that he would not oppose him.
Blair does not care about Europe. Don’t ever believe that myth. All he cares about is his personal access to the White House, and that dream that he can be the sole go-between between Europe and the USA.
But by honouring Mr Bush’s wishes, Mr Blair chose to keep the candidacy from Gordon Brown, the UK chancellor, who is chairman of the International Monetary Fund’s governing body and the European finance minister most closely identified with the development agenda.
Yep, he does not even care that this access be to the UK Prime Minister. No, it’s just Tony Blair.
A Downing Street official said: “We had a number of discussions with a number of different countries over possible candidates over a period of time. Like others, we were first notified of the decision to nominate Paul Wolfowitz on the day of the president’s announcement.” Treasury officials declined to comment.
While the details of Ms Rice’s private conversations with Mr Blair remain tightly held, officials and diplomats on both sides of the Atlantic have said they were aware of Mr Bush’s effort to secure the support of his chief European ally. The UK Treasury, the British foreign office and officials in other European capitals remained in the dark, according to UK officials.
Following a report in the Financial Times on March 1 that Mr Wolfowitz was a leading candidate for the US nomination, a senior UK Treasury official telephoned his US counterpart.
The US Treasury dismissed the story, according to British officials. A British diplomat, who contacted the administration, was told Mr Wolfowitz was not in the running.
So this was intentional. This is an even bigger “fuck you” from Bush, and the story makes it explicit that Blair knew about the “fuck you” and endorsed it.
The World Bank presidential nomination is seen by Washington as a White House decision and it chose to garner support for Mr Bush’s choice by contacting European leaders directly rather than lobbying finance ministries and development agencies.
Unlike Mr Blair, some European leaders were not given advance warning. Jacques Chirac, the French president, and Gerhard Schröder, the German chancellor, only spoke to Mr Bush after the announcement. But European leaders have made clear they will not stand in the way of the Wolfowitz candidacy.
Blair is a traitor. To Europe, which may not be so important, but to his country and his party. What a pathetic fool.
One of the biggest reasons why I hope that France votes Yes in the coming referendum on Europe is that a “No” would save Blair from actually having to make a stand on Europe, which he has never done. He has pretended to be pro-European, but has never behaved that way and has never argued the case to the British electorate.