Tony, take it personally, the most qualified person for the job doesn’t always get it!

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Despite being well qualified and the best known candidate for the job Tony Blair won't get it!

Dear Tony,

Thank you so much for your interest in the position of European President, which was recently advertised in the national and international press.

As you demonstrated, through your impressive Curriculum Vitae, you have both the experience and the ability to fulfil the role, and act as an internationally recognisable figure. So it may come as a disappointment for you to hear that you will not be offered the post on this occasion.

Despite being the longest serving Labour UK Prime Minister in history, winning landslide victories on two occasions it is thought that perhaps your popularity amongst those in your own country, and in continental Europe, may act as a barrier to your success in this role.

The evidence you provided of an unprecedented standing ovation, from all sides, in the House of Commons on your retirement, was impressive, but letters we have received since have suggested that this may not have been heartfelt by all those that engaged in it.

As you suggested the evidence that only 31% of the UK population support your candidature probably does outnumber those that have heard of all the others candidates put together across the European Union.

I can see that being beaten by a candidate who is less recognisable, has less experience, less media ability and less capacity to make the role one as a significant global player may seem to contradict the suggested job description.

Having seen the way others could fulfil the role, in a less engaging way, we have decided that we are going to offer it to another candidate. The panel decided on reflection, particularly those from Germany and France and the UK Opposition, that your skills, although self-evident, and well suited to the role, were far too good in comparison to their own, and should not be encouraged further.

We will of course keep your details on file for any other opportunities that come up, and would hope you might consider applying for other posts with the European Union in the future.

Please make sure you apply for roles where you would not be too successful to avoid future disappointment.

With Best Wishes,

The less influential European Union (which has decided that committees rule rather than ability)

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  1. andy bennett

     /  November 2, 2009

    John,

    Always knew you were in the wrong party!

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