It maybe an appropriate day for Cathy Ashton to give one of her few interviews to an Independent journalist, but it's even more pertinent, for anyone with an interest in these islands, to read this book by Olly Figg. It's long - 353 pages excluding the index - but will make excellent reference material.
As for Mrs Ashton's declaration that she 'has nothing but praise for the Prime Minster and Foreign Secretary' shouldn't surprise anyone with the slightest understanding of the EU machinery.
"When the Coalition came in, it's worth remembering that people saw not just the Conservative government, but also the Liberal Democrat government, if you like," she said. "We saw the mixture. Nick is very well known in Brussels. The anticipation was that you would have a rich mixture of views coming together.
There will be no open debate regarding the UK's position in the EU. The Baroness is happy to make public: '...that relations with London have been very much better than people hoped.'
As it is a Monday morning I do hope it's noticed that I refrained from publishing a photo of the High President of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security.