Dalrymple notes that José Manuel Barroso’s trajectory has been
- revolutionary Maoist student
- prime minister of Portugal
- chief apparatchik of the European Union
- vice-president of Goldman Sachs with special responsibility for advising the bank on how to mitigate the effects of Brexit (for the bank, not for Europe)
for those who are prepared to endure its tedium and its requirement always to speak in langue de bois is evident. It offers a golden reward in exchange for the obliteration of personality, character and scruple. It plays Mephistopheles to a hundred minor Fausts.