We have learned (again) that David Cameron is not a tactician but a merely a talker and purveyor of quioxotic promises, who has been unable to come anywhere near blocking the appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker as EU Commission President. We have a quote which crystallises the futility of Cameron’s stance. It is from Belgium’s former Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt – himself blackballed by Britain for the EU job a decade ago: “Arguing that the commission president should not be a federalist is like saying that the next pope should not be a Catholic.”

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