Sunday, 29 April 2012
The Eu has a foreign policy advisor
Did you know that Ashton a failed UK Political nonentity bought off with a fat taxpayer funded salary is in the Eu as a Foreign Policy advisor? Well she is and as if promoting failure isnt enough look at what they are trying to do, spend (waste) our money in Burma opening a trade office all to encourage Eu companies to invest; http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17878601 EU foreign policy chief Ashton visits Burma The European Union foreign policy chief has met Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Catherine Ashton, who is in the country to show the EU's support for recent political reforms, said she would open a new, embassy-level office in Rangoon. Ms Ashton will also hold talks with ministers of the military-backed government. Earlier this week the EU suspended sanctions against Burma for a year in recognition of "historic changes". 'Irreversible process' "This is a process of change," Ms Ashton said during a joint press conference with Aung San Suu Kyi in Rangoon, according to Agence France Presse. "I hope we will see all the elements put in place so this will become an irreversible process that will only continue," she added. The EU's role in the country will be to offer investment and expertise, particularly in remote rural areas. Diplomats have said that the new office in Rangoon will mostly oversee the management of aid programmes but will also have a political role. It will be the EU's first step towards a full delegation in the country. 'Investment opportunities' The BBC's South East Asia correspondent, Rachel Harvey, in Rangoon, says that on the part of EU member states there is both a political desire and a practical interest to get more aid into the country. She adds that Ms Ashton's visit is the latest in a stream of high-level diplomatic meetings that reveal a rapidly escalating process of international engagement between Burma and the rest of the world. There is, our correspondent explains, a growing determination among foreign governments to try to keep this country on the right track and to seek to reap the potential investment opportunities that might follow. Ahead of the visit, Lady Ashton said that the EU welcomed what it called the "remarkable changes" in the country and said it marked "a new chapter in our relations". Later during her trip, she is due to the country's remote capital, Naypyitaw, to meet President Thein Sein, the speaker of the lower house Thura Shwe Mann and Railways Minister Aung Min. An EU embargo on arms sales remains in place and the bloc has said that it still expects the unconditional release of remaining political prisoners and the removal of all restrictions placed on those already released. Did you know that Ashtons political career began in 1999 with a life peerage? Did you know she has never been elected to public office but is a political appointee? really if not read this; Between 1977 and 1983 Ashton worked for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) as an administrator and in 1982 was elected as its national treasurer and subsequently as one of its vice-chairs. From 1979 to 1981 she was Business Manager of The Coverdale Organisation, a management consultancy. As of 1983 she worked for the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work. From 1983 to 1989 she was Director of Business in the Community working with business to tackle inequality, and established the Employers' Forum on Disability, Opportunity Now, and the Windsor Fellowship. For most of the 1990s, she worked as a freelance policy adviser. She chaired the Health Authority in Hertfordshire from 1998 to 2001, and her children's school governing body, and became a Vice President of the National Council for One Parent Families. She was made a Labour life peer as Baroness Ashton of Upholland in 1999, under Prime Minister Tony Blair. In June 2001 she was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department for Education and Skills. In 2002 she was appointed minister for Sure Start in the same department. In September 2004, she was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary in the Department for Constitutional Affairs, with responsibilities including the National Archives and the Public Guardianship Office. Ashton was sworn of the Privy Council in 2006, and became Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the new Ministry of Justice in May 2007. So there you have it, an unwanted political appointee representing an unwanted political organisation spends our money in cpountries that have nothing to do with them on the say so of the unelected Eu Commissioners! Which bit of dictaorship did we miss there? the so called political classes creating nice little sinecures for themselves for when they get dropped like the nasty odious pieces of work they really are. To top it all off the Eu is spending our money when we really need it! come on Dave grow some balls and give us a referendum!