From Nigel Farage's Blog
No time for a novice Trade Commissioner
"Gordon Brown nominated Baroness Cathy Ashton to replace the now Lord Mandelson as Trade Commissioner. It is worth noting, at this point, that trade is 100% under the control of the EU – a situation to which I am totally opposed, because it works against our national interest – but that is how things stand.
A quick glance at Baroness Ashton's CV, therefore, did not give me any confidence that the right person had been put forward: a few years working for CND, and then for a couple of quangos, did not strike me as suitable qualifications. It was time to decide what to do.
Monday 20 October, and off to Strasbourg, with arguments organised: "At this critical time for global trade," I would say, "this is no time for a novice, and what we need is a big hitter."
I was not about to object to Baroness Ashton herself being the UK's next EU Commissioner, but wanted to point out the absurdity of her appointment to a role for which she is quite simply unqualified.
At the hearing I praised her political skills in getting the Lisbon Treaty through the Lords without a referendum – by pretending that it was not the EU constitution in disguise – and this was met with loud cheers from the rabid federalists all round me. Then I launched into the bit about novices and big hitters.
Baroness Ashton looked less than happy about being called "a novice" and countered by saying that she was a "good negotiator".
Throughout the entire three-hour hearing, no other member, apart from Syed Kamall, asked an even remotely searching question.
So now we have a new EU Trade Commissioner who is entirely the wrong person for the job – and I shan't be on her Christmas card list!"
I may have missed it but I haven't seen this appointment reported in the press or on TV, perhaps she isn't famous enough!