Her Master's Voice
"When I am on holiday, I am not foreign minister." Declared Michele Alliot-Marie, the French foreign minister, who has resigned following weeks of criticism over her contacts with the former leadership of Tunisia.
This politician offered the Ben Ali regime, now tarred as a "Culture of Corruption," to send the French heavy squad to help defeat the citizens of Tunisia seeking change and democracy. She actually supports a discredited dictator.
"I do not feel that I have committed any wrongdoing" she said. It later transpired she was fiddling about in the cookie jar looking for gold plated sweets.
Mon Dieu! Mon Dieu! The times to start, or to finish, the times of lightening, or of suffering, My God! My God! ( Edith Piaf).
And those in Paris, London and Berlin who have never agreed much on anything in the past and who play the political one- up- manship for the home game have the gall and audacity to undermine the EU external service minister Cathy Ashton. Ashton was given a mountain to climb and no doubt all the dodgy nods and winks of support swirling the corridors of a Byzantine court in the Place de Luxembourg.
Ms Ashton's response might look limited. Getting some of Europe's foreign ministers to support democracy during an overdue popular uprising is a problem, never mind the Buzzcocks. The EEAS needs to speak for the EEAS. It is her job to be an alternative to the likes of Michele Alliot-Marie.
Right now Ashton needs her voice to speak for Brussels. It is Brussels opinion we want to hear. It should reflect the spirit and view of the European project and not the chameleon interests of London Paris or Berlin.
Revolutions begin at home, make one in EEAS Brussels.