Magazine article The Spectator

Called to Account

Magazine article The Spectator

Called to Account

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IT IS selfless of Tom King to argue that Brussels should no longer be a dumping ground for politicians. Under happier stars, Mr King - a minister for 15 years, an MP for nearly 30, and Alan Clark's candidate to take over from Margaret Thatcher -- would be the European Commissioner for Extraterrestrial Affairs and Decent Lunches. Lesser men (I forbear to name Frites or Exorbitos) have bagged the tables. In the Commission that Romano Prodi is supposed to have reformed, 18 of the 20 jobs have gone to politicians, and a mixed lot they are. Two have got into trouble over tax and another over flax, while a fourth did his best to silence Paul Van Buitenen, whose revelations brought the old Commission down. Listing them in The European Commission (Centre for Policy Studies, L7. …

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