|A portrait of José Manuel Barroso´s only known fan in the UK|
José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, on the European Union in an interview published in the New Statesman July 11:
After reading this speech, given on the same day, my first thought was that Barroso is beginning to repeat himself:
"the EU is the world’s largest integrated economy. And when it comes to climate change, this union has served us well: Europe negotiates as a bloc at the UN, one with more authority than we could muster individually.By working together, we have been able to achieve so much more than we could alone. A gathering of individual agents, each fighting for different national priorities, could not have secured the Kyoto Protocol, or its extension.
We should draw strength from this legacy. Rather than letting ambition slip, we should pay tribute to our past achievements by raising our sights still higher".
However, it was not Barroso this time. It was David Cameron´s Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Jonathan Davey, Barroso´s probably only remaining public fan in Britain. (Although one suspects that there still are a number of closet Barroso fans around)
Maybe Barroso´s and Davey´s friendship goes as far as to sharing the same speechwriter? Who knows.