Well was I suprised to read about this little oversight. Imagine, a new European Commission line-up, just fresh out of a confrontation with the MEPs. Imagine the history of accusations of dodgy dealings by commissioners, promises to clean up the town, and the sacking of whistle-blowers. It's all juicy stuff. And then, the day after Parliament approves the new Commissioners, it just happens to come out that Monsieur Jaques Barrot was awarded an eight month suspended sentence for embezzlement. Given the French culture of flexibility in dealing with flung accusations such as this, the fact that this one stuck to one of the more important men in public life surely tells us something. Stroll on Jack.