Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič has been touring Northern Ireland and commenting upon the NI Protocol, which continues to be a source of friction and dissent in the province.
So who is his excellency? Read his responsibilities here and form your own conclusions.
His official title bestowed by Ms von der Leyen is "Vice-President for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight" (I'm reminded of Jim Hacker being the minister for the Department of Administrative Affairs, but I'm sure the vice-president has far greater responsibilities. Let us hope that he doesn't have the monopoly on foresight). There is more of course, but I'll let those interested follow up the link.
Facts4EU present their analysis of his remarks to Queen's University Belfast in the context of Northern Ireland history and present day life, and it's becoming hard to dissociate the vice-president from the Orwellian concept of the Minister of Truth.
An interesting exploration of the EU approach to Northern Ireland.
"Plus ça change ..." as they say.
Is the writing on the wall now for the NI Protocol?
Perhaps Lord Frost will give it a well overdue coup de grâce?
Like/dislike this video here.