The remit of the office of the Pedant-General in Ordinary does not really, if we are being honest, extend to the monitoring of that most murky of worlds - the politics of the EU. However, if ever there was a collection of ne'er-do-wells more guaranteed to miss the bigger point and focus entirely on irrelevant minutiae to the detriment of us all, it would have to be the body politic of the European Parliament. It is, as a result, close to my heart.
On this vague note, I am delighted to break my first exclusive story: I can reveal that at the forthcoming summit, just when Blair thinks he has got everyone on the run, he will suddenly find the tables turned and will be forced to "take one for the team".
Proof? You will find it here.