The Queen's Prime Minister, Tony Blair MP, will represent Britain at the G8 summit next week. The fact that this body merely issues statements that its members later feel they can mostly ignore makes the fact that Blair is a finished first amongst similarly finished or fully fatigued members of a cabinet of equals a matter of very little concern.
The Berlin EU meeting in less than three weeks time is an entirely different matter. EU Commission President Barroso's threats to Britain detailed and linked from the post below partly explain why.
Details of the negotiations regarding the substitute EU Constitution now revealed as to being planned to be finalised in substance at the Berlin meeting are being withheld from Parliament. The Minister for Europe, Geoff Hoon, MP is refusing to appear before the House of Common EU monitoring committee any earlier than one week ahead of the European Council, far too late for action as revealed by David Heathcoat-Amory a member of that committee in his speech last month to the Bruges Group, linked from a posting below.
The next meeting of the Privy Council is not until 13th June, similarly too late.
If Parliament cannot bind the Prime Minister before he attends this meeting, neither can the lame duck cabinet which Blair now heads. It will be another very different cabinet that will be collectively responsible for the legislation when put before Parliament in the autumn. Will they be able to question either the former PM or his Foreign Minister on what they actually agreed?
Parliament itself will be powerless to summon the former PM and his present Foreign Secretary, Margaret Becket, MP (who in her present and former ministerial posts has shown herself completely unaware of what occurs in the world around her) should both these individuals decide to quietly retire to the back-benches or from Parliament altogether.
The members of the majority party in the House have made clear their wish for Gordon Brown to lead their party and therefore become the Queen's first minister of a new cabinet and administration. Parliament should therefore be immediately dissolved by the Queen and Gordon Brown, MP summoned to the palace and instructed to form an immediate cabinet and government which can collectively agree a detailed brief and grant negotiating authority for the Berlin EU Council meeting.
Delay will leave the only alternative to Blair attending without any proper constitutional mandate so to do or a last minute dissolution leaving an empty British chair at the council, which may well now be the best option but would be one best arrived at deliberately rather than through pressure of events.
Letting Tony Blair attend will forever throw into doubt the constitutionality of the means by which perhaps our final independent sovereignty is to be sacrificed.
When Blair made his 1999 conference speech on destroying the Forces of Conservatism, linked here
, little could he have dreamed of the power that circumstances now seem to afford him so to do. Only the Queen, who perhaps best epitomizes those very forces in the country that Tony Blair has done so much to destroy can now contrive to prevent him.