Politics 19 November 2009 Blair to win EU presidency An unlikely punt Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up Predictions: a mug's game. Particularly when you're going against the grain of media and political consensus. But blogs are nothing if not controversial, so I am going to stick my neck out and say that -- contrary to conventional wisdom -- Tony Blair will emerge as the unexpected winner of the race to become EU president tonight. We'll see. › Clinton's crush on Miliband James Macintyre is political correspondent for the New Statesman. Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!