“..But that was 20 years ago, and Mr Davis’ contacts in Europe today are patchy. “He is unknown in Brussels,” insists one senior EU official.”
- George Parker and Jim Pickard write about UK Secretary of State for Brexit, David Davis, in the Financial Times, 1st April 2017.
In any final reckoning, being “unknown in Brussels” might be the finest accolade a British politician could ever earn. Could there be a more magnificent testimony to a Brexit Secretary’s credentials and fitness for purpose than being unacknowledged in the most over-rated, pretentious yet tediously anonymous non-place in the most humdrum country in the EU, with positively messianic delusions of relevance ? Not for nothing do people play the ‘Name a famous Belgian’ quiz without resorting, in desperation, to entirely fictional creations like Hercule Poirot and Tintin (who, if truth be told, bears more than a passing resemblance to the comparably fictional though similarly amusing Liberal Democrat “Leader” Tim Farron).
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