Whether writing, speaking or negotiating, he puts on a performance which the spectators enjoy all the more because it horrifies the guardians of convention.
Using modern Germany as a stick with which to beat old-fashioned Britain is a grave mistake.
Nation states can act decisively when they wish to do so: the EU seems paralysed.
The constant mistake of the pro-Brussels Establishment has been to assume that voters – especially Leave voters – are thick.
Here in Britain, the two main parties are being punished by voters for tearing up their Brexit commitments.
Progressive commentators and saloon-bar orators are wrong to condemn MPs for finding the national issue hard to settle.
The former Foreign Secretary says May’s team are inexperienced in EU negotiations and are “pushing out disinformation”.
Making London a truly global financial centre again, with all that would imply for Britain’s place in the world, could quickly become more attractive than the apathy of decline, however proudly sovereign.
British commentators who jumped to condemn his decision as a travesty of democracy failed to understand the country’s constitutional traditions.
If Italy really is to make a radical, momentous break with the Euro, sooner or later, voters should explicitly endorse the move.
Readers will see that it is all plain sailing for the plan reportedly being cooked up by “Tory grandees”.
One day the country’s voters may dig in against the long squeeze imposed on them from northern Europe. But don’t be too sure it will happen yet.
From its range of tailor-made trade deals to its habit of allowing Member States to break the rules, Brussels is more flexible than Barnier’s rhetoric might suggest.
Storming results for the Five Star Movement and the League pose big challenges to the established structure of Italian politics, to the EU, and to the left more generally.
If anything is put to the Commons at all before exit day, it will be a Heads of Agreement plan. The most likely consequence of its rejection would be the re-invention of transition.