Why Tony Blair Could Never have been a Satisfactory First President of Europe
University of Bedfordshire, GB
Jon Silverman has been Professor of Media and Criminal Justice since 2007. He is the author of ‘Crack of Doom’ (1994), an investigation into crack cocaine and Jamaican gang violence; and, with Prof. David Wilson, of ‘Innocence Betrayed’ (2002), a study of paedophilia, society and the media. He is currently working on a book about the relationship between the media and criminal justice policy-making in the UK.
Fluent in French and fluent in communication, a Europhile to his fingertips, Britain’s erstwhile Prime Minister, Tony Blair, was, in many ways, an obvious candidate to be the first president of the European Union. Apart from his personal qualities, the prospect of anchoring the UK at the heart of Europe through the office of president, was a tempting one. But it is a temptation which was rightly resisted.