At times, says the Education Secretary, the post he holds requires “a bold and vociferous and constant presence”. But “at other times less so”.
Europe has no Madisons to make the case for federalism, while the Leavers patronise us by pretending that leaving is without risk.
I have lost count of the number of times I have heard its demise confidently predicted or stridently recommended. Houdini-like, it has so far escaped this awaited fate.
Our real interests derive from forging understandings and ties with countries which have traditionally considered themselves British in all but name.