From our Swindon Correspondent:
From the Telegraph
European Commission president accused of carrying out Brexit vendetta in damaging move to impose border checks
One of the things that struck me in the 2019 election was knocking on doors and meeting people who liked Boris. Not getting into the technocratic detail of what he was going to do, but they just liked him. And people can complain about all the shagging, but that’s within the range of acceptable sins. It might even endear him to people.
I think that likeability/normality might be a useful heuristic to people for someone who isn’t going to go mad. Sure, there might be a few downsides with them, but are they going to unnecessarily unleash the gunboats on France? All the data about UK and US leaders says no. We might disagree with their actions, we might be exasperated at their mistakes, but have any of them gone this mad?
The problem with Ursula von der Leyen, or anyone in that job is that the people didn’t choose them. It’s many steps from the people. The people choose a national government, which chooses someone to go on the European Council, who then selects some candidates that are then put to the EU parliament to decide on. It’s so many steps from the voters that you lose their collective wisdom.
I think many people have theoretically observed this about the EU, the cost of it not being democratically run, but for everyone in the UK and the EU, theory has become reality. An undemocratic organisation can bring about the sort of behaviours that you get from dictators. Do the people of the Republic of Ireland want to block exports of vaccines to Northern Ireland? Do they think this is even sane? How many are going to have their heads turned globally?