Today, dear reader, is that infamous day of the Great Europhile
Farce, when a modest delegation from the European Union will present itself in
Oslo to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
Modest, Alfred? How modest precisely?
Well, extraordinarily and remarkably modest, dear reader. Let me see
who all travels to Oslo to participate in the pageant. First of all we have of
course the various presidents: Barroso, Van Rompuy, and Schulz. Two of those
will talk and the poor third – Mr Schulz - will sit and listen with an earnest
but happy face as if he does not mind. Then all of the heads of government were
invited to attend, and no fewer than 20 of them will hop over for a bit of the fun.
To ensure that the European populace is also represented, one child from every
member state will be sent to Norway and given a seat. And then there are of
course a handful of European Civil Servants, who never fail to attend a
champagne party when somebody else pays for it.
In short: there are more EU delegates here today than there ever
were laureates in the history of the Nobel Peace Prize! And the most
interesting bit of this whole circus will be to see how in the world the whole
bundle of them will be herded onto the podium. There simply is no room for them
all! The King of Norway will surely be asked to give up his seat, and so will
the Nobel Peace Prize Committee.
Watch the show, dear reader… And keep a good eye out to see who
elbows whom off the stage when the going gets tough. Just as in the Kremlin Watching
of the past, this will tell you who’s on top and who’s on the way out in our
Beloved European Union!
Postscript 11 December: If you wish to read the
eloquent views of a most savvy gentleman on the EU’s merit for getting the
Peace Prize, and the irony of them getting this award from a country which is deliberately
NOT a member of the EU, look at this here article by Daniel Hannan.