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European Council President, Herman Van Rompuy, presented his imaginatively titled new book yesterday – “Inside the world of Herman Van Rompuy” to a Brussels audience with bated breath.

But those interested in Van Rompuy’s exploits as a top EU statesman would have been surprised to hear him declare:

“I don’t speak here as a politician but as a free man. I don’t have any voters. And I also prefer readers to voters”.

Remember, this is the president of an organisation consisting of 27 democratic countries – full of voters!

Now, what does this say about the mindset at the top of the EU? And will this comment make European taxpayers feel better about handing over billions extra (including between £450 mn and £900 mn from UK taxpayers in 2011 alone) to an organisation whose head apparently “has no voters”?

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