I remember my previous boss once telling me that he had worked with Bernard Connolly at the European Commission in the early 1990s – prior to Connolly’s departure from the Commission under a cloud in the wake of his book “The Rotten Heart of Europe”, which savaged the common currency. The book, written in 1995 was re-released a couple of years ago with new material to extend to the financial crisis.
On reading sections of Mr. Connolly’s new book, one wanted to stand on the desk and cheer.
Of biggest note on the cover of the new edition, there was an endorsement from Boris Johnson “On reading sections of Mr. Connolly’s new book, one wanted to stand on the desk and cheer.”
I’ve downloaded the book for my Kindle to see how well it has stood the course of time – at EUR 7.47 for the eReader version, I thought it worth a read to see what all the fuss was about.
Boris Johnson’s remark though smacks of “Rule Britannia!” A Peter Brookes cartoon of a Boris-like Britannia currently springs to mind – the use of the “one” being typically pompous of the man. Only if you are HM the King/Queen is one acceptable in the 1st person (excluding French casual “on” as a substitute for “we”)