Much has been made of the appointment of Lord Hill to the post of European Commisioner, that David Cameron should put him forward for the job was an understatement of some magnitude , as he was to all intents and purpose invisible.
But as the same Lord Hill is now to get the EU post of overseeing the EU’s financial services “shake up”, one would think some background in finance would be appropriate but a history degree and a schools minister is obviously a good enough platform for a European wide reform of the finance sector.
David Cameron is delighted with the appointment as I imagine it will be seen as a small step forward in his ‘fight’ to renegotiate our terms of membership, how is that going by the way?
His job was handed to him by Jean – Claude Juncker a man who when not downing Cognac at breakfast is well versed in the black arts of global finance having overseen his countries morphing into a tax dodging haven for large global corporations, just the man to put things right on the monetary front, of course as he wants the “right” result.
Lord Hill will have two advisers who do know what direction Juncker wants the EU to follow so a history degree will suffice as little will be needed for Lord Hill to have to worry his sorry head about as no doubt he will be guided in the direction indicated.
So there, in a nutshell, you have it – three people who epitomise what the EU is all about, the PM who talks about EU renegotiation and so far has delivered about the same as his ‘bonfire of the quangos’:
Nigel Farage, the leader of Ukip, warned that Lord Hill, who must swear an oath to uphold the “European interest” and not “to take instructions from any government”, cannot be trusted to defend the City.
“What a coup for Juncker ﾖ he has got an Englishman to be hangman for the British financial industry, a huge contributor to our national tax revenue,” he said.
“Lord Hill will not be acting in the interests of the British government or the British people; he will be making a solemn pledge to act in the interests of the European Union.”