Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt condemned the European leaders who privately voiced concerns of the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker but voted for him at a summit in Brussels, as cowards.
He told Sky News: "As a result of cowardice yesterday from other leaders who were not prepared to stand up in public and say the things they said in private, they're going to have to work a lot harder to persuade the British people that Europe can be trusted with a proper reform agenda."
It should be no surprise that David Cameron failed to stop such a long-standing EU figure being nominated as European Commission president.
The PM's friends in Europe are bewildered that he would rather go down in flames than try for the best deal possible in the circumstances.
David Cameron is cruising for Euro-bruising over the election of Jean-Claude Jucker