― Let me begin with a personal anecdote. Father has travelled extensively across the world on business, usually flying first class. On one trip to Hong Kong he saw Leon Brittan, then Deputy European Commissioner, in the departure lounge for the flight back to London. ∙ I should add that Brittan, who formerly had served in Margaret Thatcher’s government, is a politician for whom he does not have a great deal of time. "Never mind", he thought, "he's on his own. I'll ignore him." But no [...].