Thursday, February 10, 2011

Unelected Ashton Is Worst Ever European Commissioner ...

Baroness Ashton has come bottom of the class in a survey rating the performance of European Commissioners, the only EU executive regarded as having "failed" after their first year in office.

The survey, carried out by a lobbying and PR company, asked respondents to rate  Commissioners on a grading of A to E. None scored lower than D except for 'Lady Ashton', a commission vice-president as well as the EU's high representative for foreign affairs, who scored an E for her performance.

Well, I wonder why that is? Perhaps because like many other peers and European executives, she has never - ever - been elected for anything. In her life. She has relied on her 'network' of Tony (Blair)'s Cronies for all of her positions.

Let's have a quick look at her recent CV, shall we?

Appointed a Labour life peer as Baroness Ashton of Upholland in 1999, by Tony Blair, after a creer in Management Consulting and Policy Advising (to the Labour Government)
Appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department for Education and Skills.
Appointed minister for Sure Start in the same department.
Appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary in the Department for Constitutional Affairs.
Appointed to the Privy Council.
Appointed to Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the new Ministry of Justice.
Appointed to the Cabinet as Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council.
Appointed as European Trade Commissioner replacing slimeball Peter Mandelson.

At her appointment, Ashton's obscurity and unsuitability caused considerable comment in the media with The Guardian newspaper reporting that her appointment as High Representative had astonished friends and provoked criticism from others. The Economist described her as being a virtual unknown with paltry political experience, and having no foreign-policy background. She speaks no foreign languages.

Nepotism and cronyism almost always end up in the wrong people getting the lucrative top jobs, keeping the more talented out-of-the-loop, out of power, and out of the money.