Saturday 24 November 2012

How to win friends and influence people

Who are the forty most influential British people in the European Union?

Here’s a clue. Nigel Farage is way down the list in 34th place.

Here’s another clue. David Cameron is only 9th.

Here’s yet another clue. Tact, diplomacy and alliance-building pay greater dividends that tub-thumping and playing to the gallery. (Or as Sir Stephen Wall put it, “Carrying on about Europe is not the same as carrying influence in Europe”).

Armed with these clues, it should come as no surprise that the no.1 spot is held by a Liberal Democrat and that there are three other Liberal Democrats in the top twenty.

To find out who, see the list here and the reports by the Guardian and EurActiv.

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