Thank you, Lord Hurd, for those kind words. It is an honour and pleasure to be here.
When I left Brussels yesterday, it was 12 degrees Celsius and hailing. Here, it was 25 degrees and sunny. Talk about climate change. I don't understand why you British are always complaining about the weather.
I confess I am also a little intimidated, Lord Hurd, at being moderated by a veteran statesman of your distinction.