The 'Monsters 2007

Tuesday, December 11, 2007 | 5 comments »

It's that time of year when periodicals of varying quality conduct retrospectives of the year past, assessing in some instances how the leading personalities in any given field have fared.

As an online periodical of variable quality, the 'Monster is pleased to follow suit.

Although, operating as the 'Monster does in the EU sphere, we're hard pressed to find any leading personalities, so a prod at the shower of has-beens and never-will-bes that inhabit our world will have to do.

BM is launching a gong-fest of its own, inspired in part by the European Voice's tired 'EV50' awards in which MEPs and commissioners take it in turns to receive awards one year after the next.

It's an award ceremony that prompted one BM reader to call into question the alleged high desert of some of the recipients. Why, it was posited, was “raddled Austro-bag” Benita Ferrero-Waldner pinned with 'diplomat of the year'?

“Real diplomats” our correspondent notes “have been heard to describe her handling of the Lebanon crisis as "stunningly bad". She also made a fist of Palestinan funding talks. In the medics affair thare are still persistent stories that she played a role in arm-twisting the Bulgarian victims to drop any litigation based on the fact they were tortured.”

Other readers sprayed cappuccino incredulously from their nostrils on seeing Viviane Reding receive 'commissioner of the year' for interventionist telecoms market regulation beyond the call of duty.

Nominations are therefore now open for the first ever annual 'Monsters.

We look forward to your suggestions for the awards themselves and their proposed recipients.


The Awards Committee 'Monsters '07


  1. Anonymous // 9:43 AM  

    Viviane Reding for spewing forth as much self-congratulatory drivel as I've ever seen after 'winning' the roaming fight, her awful review of the Television without Frontiers Directive and her determination to present herself as a consumer champion when infact she is looking to be next Prime Minster of Luxembourg!

  2. Anonymous // 3:22 PM  

    next prime minister of Luxembourg? Surely that'll require JC to leave first?

    How Günter Verheugen for the award for most looking like a fish?

  3. The Aunt // 12:02 PM  

    I have been stunned yet again by the fact that once more, the Vice have passed me over.

    Reding's nomination was paid for by the European Loud Jacket and Hairspray Manufacturers' Lobby.

    I shall have to see who I can get to lobby for me. The wine industry, perhaps.

  4. Anonymous // 3:41 PM  

    Spidla - just because he needs to know we care

  5. Anonymous // 6:38 PM  

    I would support Dalia Grybauskaitė,
    the lady overlooking our money.