Whether writing, speaking or negotiating, he puts on a performance which the spectators enjoy all the more because it horrifies the guardians of convention.
He should be scrutinised as fiercely as he himself scrutinised Delors as a journalist 30 years ago.
It was never possible to maintain exactly the same benefits of EU membership whilst walking away from the institutions and the rules.
I see the former WTO director and Delors chef de Cabinet return to the unresolved debate about high or low alignment.
We need to rekindle l’esprit communautaire, on both sides of the channel. In Walpole’s famous phrase, “this dance can no longer go”.
As Cameron’s renegotiotion looms, the Eurocrats no longer know where they are going, and grapple instead with the refugee crisis.
The Prime Minister was demanding “proper full-on treaty change”. Now we are told that we may have to accept a mere promise of it.