Bill McCarthy wrote:.. Neil Kinnock, leader of the opposition for years, ended up as a EU commissioner.
(Without approving nor decrying the abuse, which is not my style nor inclination ..
Indeed, some in politics have gone on to Commission (different from Parliament, of course: Parliament, as in UK, is there to scrutinize) from national or subnational politics, including several UK Commissioners from both main Parties. At least one has then returned to UK national politics, with some success (and in another Party ), Jenkins. This has been commoner in other EU countries.
Sometimes, of course, people have combined the elected roles. Ian Paisley was at one stage an elected member of Belfast City Council, the prorogued Stormont Parliament, the Westminster Parliament, and the European Parliament; and paid and with expense allowance for each role!
An important legacy of the Prodi Commission, with important help from the two UK Commissioners, Patten and Kinnock, was to increase the power of the Parliament to scrutinize (by summoning witnesses, documents and Commissioners) and to check and sometimes frustrate the Commission, although those exposed only to UK media might not realize that this happens. Some Commissioners have not enjoyed nor approved of this! It is also one reason why any Brexiteers deal negotiated by Commission will have to be approved not only by Governments of the 27 but also, independently and separately, by a vote of all MEPs in the Parliament, including presumably UK ones until UK leaves. In this context Barnier, answerable to Council of Ministers, cannot dictate to Verhofstadt, chosen by MEPs. It's called representative democracy ..
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