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The European of the Year Awards

Will anyone make it this far, having read that headline? I'll assume I am not talking to myself.

European Voice, an organ of the Economist Group, has been dishing out awards for Europeans of the year, at what was doubtless 'a glittering gala occasion', with throngs of eurofans cheering their favourite commissars to the echo. Perhaps the reason why our media has kept it so quiet is because a recording of the event will be the centrepiece of the Saturday night schedule on BBC1 or ITV1. If so, I will be rooted to the couch.

Among the Britons nominated were David Miliband as Diplomat of the Year: "UK foreign minister – for taking a firm line on Russia, challenging it to bring the Litvinenko case to justice". Yes, the lack of contenders was such that Millipede was in the frame. The winners were not peacemakers or anything that big, but rather Waldner & Steinmeier for the Bulgarian medics in Libya affair, even though it was Mr & Mrs Sarko who actually did the deal. Hey ho...

Elsewhere, the Bearded Attention Whore that is Branson was Businessman of the Year, "
for taking the lead on reducing airline emissions, announcing plans for annual carbon cuts on Virgin flights and setting up Virgin Fuels for developing renewable energy sources". As with all Virgin initiatives, 'check against delivery...'

European is used pretty loosely, as Schwarzenegger was campaigner of the year, and Clara 'Stock Exchange' Furse was nominated for business leader of the year
.

The entrants for
Statesman/stateswoman of the year were pretty feeble too, with achievements including 'for taking a firm, measured attitude towards Russia' and 'for setting France on a path to reform'. All rather thin, isn't it?

However, the ne plus ultra has to be the award for Commissar of the Year, and yes, it is Viviane Reding
for her ill-thought out roaming tariffs move. Mentioning this to Dizzy, and having warned him to brace himself, he MSN'd thus: "/me smashes head into keyboard".

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Anonymous a european taxpayer said... 11:34 am

Surely the top prize must go to the chief accountant of the EU for so magnificently continuing to balance the EU books.  



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