Watson, who was first elected an MEP in 1994 and is a former leader of the ALDE group, says that in his first 15 years in parliament he had three "major frustrations."Well knock me down with one of them feather things, an EU institution which has a very limited role in EU decision making wasn't taken seriously by those that attended. And he also concedes:
"The first was that the parliament I joined in 1994 was used by political parties mainly as rest home for those who had served careers in national politics or as a first step on the ladder for those who sought them."
Another frustration, he says, was that a "significant" number of deputies believed it desirable to have a "drawbridge up" Europe.Perhaps Watson can try to expect how he thinks unaccountable institutions are likely to behave any different?
"This struck me as astonishing testimony to the difficulty of conquering ignorance," he says.