Catherine Ashton has never been elected to any political post in her life. She was for a time an active member and secretary of CND -which promoted nuclear disarmamanet by the West and particularly by the UK. She is one of a number of Labour supporters whi were placed in charge of government funded agencies and charities and later given a seat in the House of Lords and made a minister by Tone Blair. Her only experrience at international level is when Brown sent her to replace Mandleson as Trade Commissioner two years ago. In the UK she would not be regarded as a serious politician and anyone who heard her being called a stateswoman would roll on the floor laughing.
Israeli justice minister: Pollard will be released November 20 (Haaretz)
from the article: Israel: EU official's 'occupation' remark casts pall on ties