EU shoots down tough Blair http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/davidrennie/may06/toughblair.htm Posted by David Rennie at 04 May 06 15:08 in Law, Politics, Europe. Daily Telegraph Bold promises from Tony Blair yesterday, as he pledged to resolve the crisis over deportations of foreign criminals. The whole system of deporting foreigners who commit crimes serious enough to serve prison time would be rebuilt "so that those [foreigners] who are convicted of a serious offence are deported automatically," the PM told the Commons. There was just one problem with his vow. It was not true - and could never be true, thanks (among other reasons) to a brand new European Union directive, which makes it far harder to expel foreigners who are citizens of one of the 25 EU nations. john Poor Tone, seems everyone hates him.