Junckers ‘is acting like a dictator’

This Is Wiltshire: Lord Stoddart of Swindon Lord Stoddart of Swindon

Responding to Jean-Claude Juncker’s public statement that the UK Government must nominate a woman for the European Commission, the independent Labour peer, Lord Stoddart of Swindon, has accused the European Commission president of acting like “a dictator” in telling an elected government what to do.

In his statement to an Austrian newspaper, Mr Juncker said: “Unfortunately, and despite my repeated requests, most of the governments insist on sending male candidates.

“A commission without a significant number of women is, in my view, neither legitimate nor credible.

“That is why I am continuing to insist with several heads of state and government that they send me a female candidate.”

Mr Juncker made it quite clear that the UK risked losing a prominent post on the commission if it persisted with its nomination of Lord Hill of Oareford.

Former Swindon MP Lord Stoddart said: “This unelected president of the commission is behaving like a dictator.

“He clearly thinks it is appropriate for him to override the wishes of the democratically elected UK government.

His behaviour is unacceptable and the Prime Minister should not kowtow to this jumped up bureaucrat with delusions of grandeur.

“Unfortunately, Mr Juncker’s attitude is all too common among EU officialdom which, in general, has contempt for democracy.

“The EU is not an organisation to which this country should belong and its ever-increasing dominance over our affairs is lamentable.”

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7:57am Thu 28 Aug 14

StillPav says...

"Lord Stoddart of Swindon, has accused the European Commission president of acting like “a dictator” in telling an elected government what to do."

That's ironic. Remind me who elected Lord Stoddart to the House of Lords?
"Lord Stoddart of Swindon, has accused the European Commission president of acting like “a dictator” in telling an elected government what to do." That's ironic. Remind me who elected Lord Stoddart to the House of Lords? StillPav
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8:20am Thu 28 Aug 14

house on the hill says...

Looks like he is really up to speed on what is going on in the real world! Most politicians don't have a clue about real life, and Peers aren't elected just appointed that's the point! Demanding one sex or other is appointed is discrimination pure and simple, it should be the best person for the job irrespective of sex, race etc, but all these stupid people saying we should have more of a certain group to represent them is as wrong as saying you don't want a particular group.
Looks like he is really up to speed on what is going on in the real world! Most politicians don't have a clue about real life, and Peers aren't elected just appointed that's the point! Demanding one sex or other is appointed is discrimination pure and simple, it should be the best person for the job irrespective of sex, race etc, but all these stupid people saying we should have more of a certain group to represent them is as wrong as saying you don't want a particular group. house on the hill
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8:48am Thu 28 Aug 14

Sandor Clegane says...

The EU? Dictating things to elected governments?

Who'd have thought.

The problem is the UK governments LOVE most of the drivel that comes out of Europe and can implement their policies while merrily shifting the blame onto the 'EU'. But, every now and again, the EU does something they don't like and then they start whinging about it.

The sooner this country has a referendum, the better. I'm sure all of those who wish to remain in the EU would like to see this democratically decided as well*

(*I'm joking, of course)
The EU? Dictating things to elected governments? Who'd have thought. The problem is the UK governments LOVE most of the drivel that comes out of Europe and can implement their policies while merrily shifting the blame onto the 'EU'. But, every now and again, the EU does something they don't like and then they start whinging about it. The sooner this country has a referendum, the better. I'm sure all of those who wish to remain in the EU would like to see this democratically decided as well* (*I'm joking, of course) Sandor Clegane
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9:36am Thu 28 Aug 14

scottwichall says...

It strikes me considering Lord Stoddart's previous form in the House Of Lords that he actually cares about normal people, and he challenges both the current government and he also continually challenged the previous Labour government with their constant illiberal abuse of power.
It strikes me considering Lord Stoddart's previous form in the House Of Lords that he actually cares about normal people, and he challenges both the current government and he also continually challenged the previous Labour government with their constant illiberal abuse of power. scottwichall
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11:57am Thu 28 Aug 14

Hmmmf says...

Jean-Claude Juncker is a dangerous radical. He seems to believe that the best qualification for the post of European Commissioner is having a Berkeley Hunt, rather than being one.
Jean-Claude Juncker is a dangerous radical. He seems to believe that the best qualification for the post of European Commissioner is having a Berkeley Hunt, rather than being one. Hmmmf
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6:53pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

If Lord Stoddart was still MP for Swindon it would probably be a much better town.
I totally agree with his views on EU 👍
If Lord Stoddart was still MP for Swindon it would probably be a much better town. I totally agree with his views on EU 👍 Ollie Dognacky
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