Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Where is Baroness Ashton?

A couple of weeks ago Baroness Ashton was appointed as High Representative of the European Union. This is the most powerful foreign affairs position in the EU. You might therefore have thought she would have a view on the execution of a British citizen in China. You might have thought she would have made that view public. But as a commenter said in a previous thread...

Why hasn't Baroness Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy had anything to say?

Is it because:

1.Her job is irrelevent
2.She is a non-entity
3.She is incompetent
4.The EU couldn't give a toss about one of its citizens being executed
5.All of the above

I have done a Google search and looked at several major news sites, but I can find no record of any utterance from Baroness Ashton on the subject, even today. What's the point of her job if she had nothing to say on this?

Discuss.

36 comments:

Ashton (Mrs.) said...

Out of Office:

Thank you for your email. I am not at my desk at the moment as I am just finishing off the turkey curry and writing thank you letters. In accordance with EU working practice, will be back in the office on the 12th January 2010.

If urgent then leave a message with Reception on ext. 209.

DeeDee99 said...

Whatis there to discuss .... both the job and the woman are irrelevant. Merkel and Sarkozy will continue to run the Franco-German Reich to suit themselves; Ashton is only there to keep the British Government in check on international affairs in case the Yanks plan another 'Iraq.'

Oldrightie said...

Baroness who?

jabezz65 said...

Iain....perhaps a 6th option....."she's on holiday!!"

Robo said...

Would have thought it was obvious Iain, they don't want to annoy the Chinese, now do they???

jabezz65 said...

or is that too cynical a view for the season of goodwill?

Thatsnews said...

When a placeman or placewoman is given a job, perhaps they do not expect to have to DO anything?

Bill Quango MP said...

She will have plenty to say on this issue as soon as Merkel and Sarkozy have given her the communique.

Twig said...

6. She has more sense than to try to interfere with the judicial sovereignty of another country, involving persons born in a third country.

Jeremy Jacobs said...

"The EU couldn't give a toss about one of its citizens being executed"

What's an EU citizen?

Anonymous said...

eh, the EU did condemn the execution earlier today (via the Swedish presidency). Agree that Ashton is a complete waste of space though

Sigh said...

Well yes we haven't heard from Baroness out of my depth but the EU did release a statement condemning the execution.

So I am sure the Chinese are now shaking in there boots.

tris said...

It's nothing to do with the EU...

Can't have it both ways, either we want the EU to interfere with every little thing that comes up, or we want them to allow the countries to deal with matters like this...

Barnoess who? lol lol lol

Anonymous said...

Top post - not sure about the West 'Am bits tho

PS the verification seems a bit hopeful, Ian, "minestr"!!!!

Anonymous said...

OR 6 - There are over twenty different views>

FX Man said...

Too busy polishing her Dalek.

http://fxbites.blogspot.com/2009/11/once-dalek.html

Prodicus said...

Really? I am shocked. SHOCKED, I tell you. I am especially SHOCKED having just heard Mr Clegg on the PM programme.

Mr Clegg 'used to negotiate with the Chinese at quite a senior level' you know, when he collected his weekly envelope from the EU.

He states, apparently without fear of contradiction, that Britain can only exert influence on China by 'punching above its weight' through the European Union.

Oh, I do hope Baroness Ashton turns up soon so that Britain can start influencing China again and we can all sleep peacefully in our beds without fear of the yellow peril.

Future History of England said...

Dear Sir,

As she stated "In accordance with EU working practice, will be back in the office on the 12th January 2010." Those who work for the EU are unable to work outside of their directed office, it is the law after all.

Now in regards to the story. In China smuggling drugs is punishable by the death penalty. He broke their laws, in their country, thus he should be punished under their law.

We talk about zero tolerance, but we would be unable to follow through. Like I have quoted on my Blog, we should be aiming for the Chinese level of drug crime, and not be getting upset at how they keep it at such a lower level than ourselves.

cassandra said...

The case of this unelected unknown droid Ashton is interesting to say the least, how are the Tories going to work with her should they be elected next year?
Ashton is a socialist and bears a lifelong hatred and intolerance of right wing capitalist politics, the same can be said for all the other socialists placed into the EU over the last ten years or so.
The mechanics of a Tory regime using a communications apparatus built by newlabour to approach Camerons new senior EU bosses brings up some very interesting questions doesnt it?
When Cameron needs to deal with the EU bosses to receive his orders and directives he will have to go through and liaise with and take advice from people who are fierce political opponents and have just seen their party beaten at the UK regional polls.
Its not going to be easy is it? Unless of course Cameron feels quite happy and content to deal with and make connections with his supposed political enemies.
I can make a prediction now that Cameron far from being a euro sceptic is in fact every bit as keen on the federal EU project as newlabour and the libdems, I see him as extremely close and friendly relations with his new EU bosses, far from a different approach to the EU I predict that Cameron will if anything be as enthusiastic as Brown&Co.
There will be lots of smiles and friendly get togethers and meetings of minds with group photos galore.
Camerons regime will fit into the new federal EUSSR perfectly, it will be a give and take relationship, the EU takes and Camerons regional regime gives. There will be a free interchange of ideas where the EUSSR politburo gives the orders and Cameron obeys without question.
From the second that Cameron walks through the door to No10 our sovereign nation dies and we become serfs of a foreign empire.
Wait until Dave invites Mandelson into his big tent GOAT!

FX Man said...

"Future History of England" This a mad statement. It must have been made by a mad person. Don't go to China: they execute mad people.

Jimmy said...

Alternatively

6. Post is subject to confirmation by Parliament.


Do I take it from this that you don't share your ex-boss's views on the rope?

Perdix said...

I believe that Ashton does not officially take up her post until 1st January.

Anonymous said...

Iain, the only thing I know about Upholland (Baroness Ashton of...) is that it is home to an enclosed order of Carmelite nuns, a particularly rigorous order for which I have the highest respect,they having been reformed by the great St Teresa of Avila in the 16th cent. I suppose it's possible the Baroness has "taken the veil".But it's a harsh life of mortification- not something likely to appeal to Eurocrats used to life on expenses. Edward Sutherland.

Sungei Patani said...

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Unsworth said...

Ashton is doing her job - which is keeping Mandelson's seat warm. In the meantime she's been told to do nothing which might draw attention to herself.

On balance, given these criteria, she's doing quite well.

Blue Eyes said...

"Where is Baroness Ashton?"

Minding her own business and staying out of a domestic legal matter in a foreign country?

The Lakelander said...

Sorry Iain,

But she was the first of my Labour Party Christmas tree decorations

I'll send her back after twelfth night.

Mirtha Tidville said...

I think it was Farrage who referred to her as a `Political Pygmy`............indeed

tapestry said...

You were not listening, Iain. Van Rompuy announced it in his first speech on TV.

This is the era of One World Government.

The EU is not a government. It is an executive regional branch of OWG.

There is no need for an EU Foreign Representative as all decisions are taken centrally.

The job of the EU is to ensure the countries in its section get into massive debt, and are rendered powerless thereby to resist the powerful elites who lend all the money to the world's local governments.

The priority of OWG is the money, power and privilege of the people who control it. Ashton and Van Rompuy are mere employees.

Back to the future or rather 1979 said...

Iain,

You ARE gullible did you think that Cathy Ashton would actually have any REAL power ??


Merckel/Sarkozy are the real players within the EU - Ashton is just a "front". As for Brown he's ignored by everybody - they just listen to his monologues- smile politely- and then continue their conversation as if nothing had happened. He's a total irrelevance on the World Stage however much he desperately tries to keep pushing in.

DiscoveredJoys said...

She serves The Machine, not the tiny cogs.

Anonymous said...

Surely an anti-English communist would stand with.....the anti-English communists.

Cynic said...

Who cares?

Given her stunning suitability for the job its probably better that we don't hear of her

Sharon said...

All of the above!

Tracy, Status Now

Expat said...

I suspect that you are correct in your view that she is a complete irrelevancy, but maybe (and hopefully) but maybe she quietly agrees with the majority of the UK population that he got what he deserved.

Isarajka said...

1. Ashton officially took up her post only on 1 January.
2. The EU did come out with a statement condemning the execution as soon as it happened.
Seems like you missed these rather relavant facts.