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Baroness Ashton: health authority chairman to EU High Representative

Catherine Ashton has travelled a long way from Hertfordshire's health authority chairman to the European Union's first foreign minister.

At no time in the eight year voyage, via the House of Lords and the European Commission, has the Labour appointee, aged 53, ever been troubled by facing an election to public office.

Until departing for Brussels, Baroness Ashton of Upholland was best known for getting the Lisbon Treaty, the hated successor to the EU Constitution, through the House of Lords in June 2008.

I spent 76 hours of my life getting the Lisbon Treaty though the House of Lords. I would very much like to see it come into force," she said.

Few would suspect that, less than 18 months later, as the treaty entered into force, she would be anointed as the EU's High Representative for foreign affairs, a job she had done so much to help create.

Opportunity first knocked when Lord Mandelson was recalled from his job as European trade commissioner in Oct 2008 to play a leading domestic role as a Cabinet Minister.

After just 13 months in the European Commission, and with little to show for it, she will now become the EU executive's Vice-President and Europe's foreign minister.

Baroness Ashton was chairman of a county health authority between 1998 to 2001. She was elevated to the House of Lords as a Labour life peer in 1999.

Baroness Ashton was made an education minister in 2001 before short junior stints at the departments of constitutional affairs and justice.

She was named Leader of Lords in Gordon Brown's first Cabinet in 2007. She is married to Peter Kellner, a political commentator and president of British polling company YouGov. She has three stepchildren and two children.
European Union gets medieval with ultra-secret elections
Nov 21 2009

The EU is coming under fire for shunning democratic principles as candidates for top jobs assemble behind closed doors with secret societies as “selection day” approaches.

What does the ultra-secretive Bilderberger Club, Henry Kissinger, and closed-door meetings made up of anonymous politicians, bankers and industrialists have in common with transparency, democratic procedure and open societies?

If you answered ‘nothing’ you would find yourself in rather cozy company. In fact, the European Union’s secretive election process more resembles a Vatican conclave to elect a new pope than a modern experiment in democratic procedure. Indeed, the only thing the EU needs to do now is build a smokestack in Brussels so that a puff of smoke will tell us when their arcane ritual is complete (Note: a top-ranking EU official will defend the process behind the election process at the end of this article).

"After an introductory round of consultations with his fellow heads of state and government, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt [who holds the EU rotating presidency] has decided to convene an extra informal summit on 19 November,"  the EU confirmed in a statement.

At the “extra informal” summit [Read: 5-course dinner], the heads of state and government from 27 EU member states will appoint the president of the European Council, high representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and secretary-general for the Council Secretariat.

These are three new top EU posts that have been created by the Lisbon Treaty, which will go into force on Dec. 1, 2009 in an effort to bolster the 27-nation bloc's influence on the international stage. The high level of secrecy surrounding the elections is especially ironic when we consider that the Lisbon Treaty was ostensibly designed to “make the EU more democratic, transparent, and accountable.”

The EU election announcement sparked a frenzy of political activity across the Continent, as politicians dashed off to promote themselves before the cream of the crop of European society.

David Miliband, the UK foreign policy chief, was one of the first out of the starting gates in the hunt for a new employer. British media reported he boarded a last-minute charter flight to join EU leaders in Berlin as they discussed who should become their first president and foreign representative.

Miliband reportedly cancelled appointments [The Times of UK revealed that Mr Miliband decided only at the last minute to join the gathering, cancelling a meeting that he had been scheduled to attend at Westminster for the Britain-Palestine parliamentary group] and travelled to Germany to rub shoulders with European leaders who gathered for the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Ironic that these delegates got together to celebrate the destruction of the Soviet-era Berlin Wall, at the same time they are building a new wall between themselves and their constituents.

Fredrik Reinfeldt, the Prime Minister of Sweden, which holds the EU's rotating presidency, apparently discussed Miliband’s qualifications during lulls in the festivities at the Brandenburg Gate. Other insider favorites include Massimo D'Alema, a 60-year-old former Italian prime minister known for his role in peace talks during the 2006 Israeli-Lebanon war; the UK's Catherine Ashton, now EU trade commissioner; and France's Elisabeth Guigou.

After much frenzied speculation about Mr. Miliband’s chances, Prime Minister Gordon Brown had to step in and calm the media storm by announcing that his foreign policy chief was not in line for a comfy EU job.

"David Miliband was never a candidate for the high representative job," Brown said at a Downing Street news conference.

"Britain has only one candidate for the European Council positions that are being discussed at the moment,” Brown bellowed. “That candidate is Tony Blair and his candidature is for the presidency of the council."

The BBC reported Monday that Miliband was knocked out of the competition following a conversation Sunday with former Danish Premier Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, now head of the Party of European Socialists, to which Brown's Labour Party belongs.

Is criticism of the EU electoral process fair?

Michael Webb, EU Deputy Head of European Commission Delegation in Russia, agreed to an interview with RT concerning the EU electoral procedures and whether they could be considered legitimate from a democratic point of view.

Webb defended the fact that candidature lists to the top three offices of the EU are not made public, saying there would be “consensus amongst all EU member states.”

“The candidates are chosen from a group of people who have experience in the national member states,” Webb said. “They are heads of governments or previous heads of government and are chosen by the exiting European Council, which of course is made up of democratically elected heads of government itself.”

“There is no list of candidates,” the EU official concluded, “and there is no procedure for an election, but the result will be one of consensus amongst all of the EU member states.”
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She was born a commoner but was granted - Life Peer status in 1999
So the Queen granted her to be a royal. Is this correct?

The Baroness Ashton of Upholland

She apparantly has a DALEK in her living room

Why are the British so weird?
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It is interesting how quickly this moved. Also it is interesting how opposition to the treaty folded with the current financial meltdown.

Also it shows the process,  like Hitler did in 1932, of having elections over and over until the desired result was acheived ...
Czechs sign EU Lisbon Treaty as last obstacle falls
November 3, 2009 -- Updated 1551 GMT (2351 HKT)

(CNN) -- Czech President Vaclav Klaus signed the European Union's Lisbon Treaty Tuesday, he announced on his Web site, paving the way for major changes to the way the 27-nation bloc is run.

The Czech Constitutional court ruled hours earlier that the treaty did not conflict with the country's constitution, a government spokesman said.

"I respect the decision of the Constitutional Court," Klaus said in a written statement, though he added he "disagreed" with it and said the court's analysis was "not neutral."

However, he concluded, "I signed the Lisbon Treaty at 3 p.m. (1400 GMT)."

The Czech Republic was the last EU nation left to approve the treaty, which could effectively give the EU a president and a foreign minister.

Klaus's signature means the treaty -- which would replace the EU constitution and aims to streamline the workings of the European Union -- could come into force as early as December 1.

The Czech Parliament's two chambers voted in favor of the treaty earlier this year. But in late September, 17 Czech senators asked the country's Constitutional Court to examine whether some further parts of the treaty were compatible with the country's constitution.

The court ruled Tuesday that they pose no conflict.

Klaus agreed Friday to ratify the document if the court approved, after winning an exemption ensuring it would not allow ethnic Germans forced out of the country after World War II to reclaim their former lands.

"I consider this to be the best possible result and intend to raise no other objections to the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty," Klaus said Thursday after gaining the exemption.

Voters in two countries had rejected the EU constitution in 2005. The Lisbon Treaty, in addition to streamlining EU decision-making and creating an EU council president and foreign minister, would introduce rotating representatives for member countries in the EU Commission, the union's executive branch, and would change the voting weights of countries on certain issues.

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, whose country currently holds the rotating EU presidency, said he welcomed the Czech court's decision.

"We are now very close to full ratification." Reinfeldt said. "Together with a signature in the Czech Republic, the presidency will continue the completion of Lisbon Treaty preparations."

The Czech Republic isn't the only EU country to demand an exemption before ratifying the treaty. Poland recently won an opt-out over social issues including gay marriage; Britain won assurances that EU law would not prevail over its own legal system.

The treaty would also give national parliaments veto power over some proposed changes to EU policy.

All member states have to ratify the treaty before it can be adopted.

Irish voters approved the treaty last month after previously rejecting it. The European Union had assured Ireland that the treaty would not affect the country's anti-abortion laws or its neutrality and that Ireland would keep a European commissioner.
Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5


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I still can't believe how willingly they bent over for the EU consumation. Now they not only have to pay local and federal taxes, but they now have to pay EU taxes on top. What idiots. I think they should all just give the EU the big finger, fire the NWO cronies and pull out. The EU can not stop them. It's still going to be cheaper in the long run.
The treaty you say? Just follow the USA example of treaty violations.

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Some interesting history on Baroness Ashton:

"Some thinking has MI-6 and Tavistock behind the creation of CND, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and Amnesty International, amongst others..." - The Debate Con

Baroness Ashton was Treasurer for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), 1980-1982.
Ashton MI-5/6?

Baroness Ashton is now the European Union's 'Foreign Minister'.

She is in charge of security policy.

She may be a spy for MI5 or MI6?

CND, in the UK, is the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

At the end of the Cold War, the UK spy service MI5 was heavily involved in the infiltration of CND. (Cached)

Cathy Massiter has described how MI5 "infiltrated an experienced agent into CND's headquarters". (Cached)

It was in 1977 that Cathy Ashton joined the CND. She later became treasurer of the CND.

Documents seen by The Mail on Sunday (Cathy Ashton: EU's new 'Foreign Minister' was Treasurer of CND ...) "suggest that from 1977 to 1979, when she was a paid CND 'organiser', she represented the campaign at Communist Party meetings.

"She attended one, for instance, in Oldham, Lancashire, on September 17, 1977...

"In December 1983, she chaired a fringe meeting organised by the publication Marxism Today and three years earlier was part of a delegation that went to the Netherlands to meet a communist-controlled group called Stop The Neutron Bomb, which campaigned against American nuclear weapons...

"She was elected to her roles as CND treasurer and later the vice-chair..." (Cathy Ashton: EU's new 'Foreign Minister' was Treasurer of CND ...)

"Some thinking has MI-6 and Tavistock behind the creation of CND, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and Amnesty International, amongst others..." - The Debate Con

Baroness Ashton's husband, Peter Kellner, is the President of YouGov.[28]
November 26, 2009
Baroness Ashton denies taking funds for CND from Soviet Union

Baroness Ashton of Upholland’s past came back to haunt her yesterday when the European Union’s new foreign affairs chief was forced to deny taking funds from the Soviet Union during her days as treasurer for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

Lady Ashton, a surprise choice for her post, was challenged to deny that she had contact with Russian sources while she was in charge of its accounts at the height of the Cold War.

The Times has learnt that concerns about her CND involvement are felt across countries from the former Iron Curtain now in the EU and that MEPs plan to question her about it when she appears before them for the hearing to confirm her in her post.

Nigel Farage, the UK Independence Party leader, raised the matter on the floor of the European Parliament yesterday, earning himself a reprimand for referring to Lady Ashton and Herman Van Rompuy, the new European President, as pygmies.

Mr Farage added: “She was treasurer during a period when CND took very large donations and refused to reveal the sources. Will Baroness Ashton deny that while she was treasurer she took funds from organisations opposed to Western-style democracy? Are we really happy that somebody who will be in charge of our overseas security policy was an activist in an outfit like CND? I do not think she is a fit and proper person to do this job.”

Lady Ashton was not present but her spokesman said: “This was more than 25 years ago. She left the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in 1983 and has had no involvement in the organisation since then. During her time in the CND she never visited the Soviet Union, had no contact with the Soviet Union and has never accepted any money from Soviet sources. The first time she visited Russia was as EU Trade Commissioner.”

Baroness Ashton, her communist lover and a riddle of Moscow gold

Britain's new EU foreign policy chief Baroness Ashton enjoyed a relationship with a hard-line communist who boasted close links to some of Britain’s most militant union leaders.
Lady Ashton dated Communist Party official Duncan Rees for more than two years in the late Seventies.

At the time, Mr Rees, now 56, was the Communist Party of Great Britain’s general secretary.

He worked alongside the likes of Derek ‘Red Robbo’ Robinson, the British Leyland shop steward who brought chaos to the car giant, Scottish miners’ leader Mick McGahey, who led the 1984 national strike against Margaret Thatcher with Arthur Scargill, and Jimmy Reid, who led the 1971 sit-in by the Upper Clyde shipbuilders.

From late 1977 to the beginning of 1980, Mr Rees lived with Cathy, now Lady Ashton, the surprise choice as Brussels’s first foreign minister.

Mr Rees said he had lived with his ‘partner’ Ms Ashton in Notting Hill, West London.

Last night Mr Rees said: ‘I know that Right-wingers in the 1980s were saying CND was getting what was known as “Moscow Gold” from the Soviet Union. But it’s just not true.

‘Of course, if you have a large number of donations you can’t account for where every pound or fiver comes from, but I am convinced we had no money from Moscow.’

He added: ‘I first met Cathy when myself and two others interviewed her for a job as an administrative secretary with CND. We appointed her in the summer of 1977 and she took up the post in September.

‘She was administrative secretary for about a year and a half before she was elected to the unpaid post of treasurer at the CND annual conference in 1979.

‘We were partners from late 1977 to the beginning of 1980. We lived in a shared flat, then a flat of our own.

‘My mum and dad both met Cathy. Later, we grew apart and went our separate ways. Cathy wasn’t a member of the Communist Party. She was not asked to become a member and I’m pretty sure if she had been, she would have said “No.”’

The area, now one of the capital’s most upmarket districts, was then home to a number of political activists.

Mr Rees was general secretary of CND from 1975 to 1979 and its national organiser from 1981 to 1985.  From February 1980 to March 1981, he worked for the communist Morning Star newspaper. 
He was a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain’s peace advisory committee from 1975 to 1982, but left the party in 1983.


Baroness Ashton questioned over CND and Soviet money
Baroness Ashton, the new European Union foreign minister, is facing questions over her role in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament amid claims that it may have had financial links to the Soviet Union.

Lady Ashton, who was last week appointed EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, was treasurer of CND in the early 1980s. She has said she had no contacts with the Soviet Union and had never accepted money from Moscow.

The UK Independence Party has written to Jose Manuel Barroso, the European Commission President, asking him to investigate whether Lady Ashton was party to payments allegedly made to CND from the Soviet regime in Moscow.

The letter, based on allegations made by Vladimir Bukovsky, a former Soviet dissident, claimed that it is “very likely” that CND received “unidentified income” from Moscow in the 1980s.

“CND was notoriously secretive about its sources of funding and did not submit its accounts to independent audit; however, after public pressure they were audited for the first time in 1982-1983,” Gerard Batten, a Ukip MEP, wrote.

“It was found that 38 per cent of their annual income (£176,197) could not be traced back to the original donors. The person responsible for this part of CND fund-raising, from anonymous donors. . . was a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain.”

Lady Ashton is likely to face questions about the issue next week when she appears before European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee next week, her first appearance as EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs.

Nigel Farage, Ukip’s leader, was officially reprimanded for asking in the European Parliament whether Mr Barroso would to investigate whether Lady Ashton had received money “from enemies of the West”.

He said: “I do not think she is a fit and proper person to do this job.”

Jerzy Buzek, the parliament’s president, has summoned Mr Farage for a meeting where he will be told to “restrain his language and refrain from making improper comments in the chamber” or face disciplinary action.

Lady Ashton’s office declined to discuss CND’s funding in detail. It said that she “left CND in 1983 and had no involvement after that”.

Her spokesman said: “Like many young people in the late 1970s, Catherine Ashton was involved in the big campaigns of the time.

"She never visited the Soviet Union, she had no contacts with the Soviet Union and she never accepted any money from Soviet sources. The first time she ever visited Russia was as trade commissioner. She has never been a member of the Communist Party.”

A CND spokesman described the Ukip claims as "decades-old unsubstantiated allegations".
Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5