Actually, the Lisbon treaty was largely intended to streamline procedures, prevent abuses and reduce costs overall – campaigners portrayed it as a power grab but, in reality, it was pretty boring vehicle bundling together every procedural “bug-fix” that the thousands of EU civil servants have accumulated and wish-listed over the past decade.

I don’t much care about the EU and, having settled in the UK, I didn’t get a vote anyway but I do think those who have benefited from Ireland’s boom have been shockingly short-sighted.

It is no coincidence that this German TV team chose to highlight an Irish representative – after decades of unparalleled goodwill towards the Irish, a new image of the self-interested, ungrateful and grasping Irish is emerging.

Again, I don’t care, none of it affects my life, but the couple of times per year that I return to Dublin, I do wonder about the arrogance that prosperity has fostered and the extent to which that prosperity is an illusion. Everyone tells me how great things are but the prices are astronomical and people seem to be oblivious to the debt they’ve built up.

If there is a downturn, the brash new Ireland might actually need goodwill at the centre of Europe and, well, they’ve sort of blown that.