Jose Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission, while discussing his wet dream of the UK joining the Euro-zone for RTL radio, let slip this little gem: "I know that the majority in Britain are still opposed, but there is a period of consideration under way and the people who matter in Britain are currently thinking about it."
This arrogant piece of dirt makes no bones about his view of regular people. It could be that the reason is that he was not elected in an election, but rather appointed by the European Parliament. It must annoy him to no end that in the UK there is still at least some semblance of that quaint notion that, as Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party put it, "The people who matter in Britain are the people, not the professional political class that Barroso is himself a member of."
As a bonus, notice the revealing "still" in his statement. Unfortunately, he is probably right to be smugly confident. The usual will follow - referendum upon referendum upon referendum ad nauseam, with abundant dramatic sighing on behalf of Brussels twits in between, until one actually succeeds, and then the referenda will magically cease. You have to give Barroso credit for sensing it is an opportune time to start the referenda barrage, but his arrogance and ineptitude at hiding it are pretty amazing.
On a side note, where Barroso is failing politically, Gordon Brown is doing his very best to kill the British pound economically. Chronicle of a death foretold, indeed.
Update: on the recurring referenda, here's a little something I found. These folks really do not take "No, thank you!" for an answer. And they will not take "Which part of "No, thank you!" did you not understand? No frigging way, now bugger off!" for an answer either.