Things I’ve learnt from the last few weeks

1) You can’t rely on everyone. I’m pretty sure that Finnish ex-president Martti Ahtisaari never said a word to Rehn about me, for instance. And Paddy Ashdown was constrained by his institutional position from saying anything.

2) You can rely on some people. Roll of honour: Finnish ambassador Alpo Rusi, who had only met me once; Finnish ex-foreign minister Pär Stenbäck; Irish ex-MEP Pat Cox; British MEP Sarah Ludford; Dutch princess Mabel van Oranje. Probably also Andrew Duff and Graham Watson, with an honourable mention from Bronislaw Geremek who actually broke the news that I didn’t get the job. I’ll happily return the favour some day, not that any of hem will ever need it.

3) I should probably have unleashed the MEPs on Rehn a few weeks earlier in the game.

More thoughts later.

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1 Response to Things I’ve learnt from the last few weeks

  1. matgb says:

    Why would customers desert to other online retailers? If the law is that sales to Illinois residents must collect sales tax, then that applies to all of them, surely?

    Yes, Amazon is bigger and will thus be the most policed, but they can easily point at any companies that don’t do it. They collect sales taxes in other jurisdictions, and I see no reason why they should to it in some but not in others.

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