Clearly, Peter Mandelson has never watched "Yes Minister". Whenever Jim Hacker came up with an idea of his own, Sir Humphrey would look very enthusiastic and say brightly, "That is very courageous, Minister". That was enough to get our Jim to drop the idea like a hot cake.
Yet, here were are, with Mandelson stepping into the rebate argument today, calling for Ministers to be "courageous" and give some of the money, about €440 million in all, to the enlargement countries.
The idea doesn't stand a chance.