Former UKIP leader and Eurosceptic MEP, Nigel Farage has told the EU president that he has 'the charisma of a damp rag'.
Who elseÂ would have the gall to lay into the EU council president in such a way? Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan has his hands tied behind his back by his own party so the bravado of his famous You Tube hit against Gordon Brown at the EU parliament will not be repeated towards Van Rompuy.
Farage did go on to draw parallels between the EU council President and a 'low-grade bank clerk' to which Herman winced a little and did very little to show his annoyance except slightly raise an eyebrow which went some way to inadvertently backing up Nigel's outburst.
Nigel did not finish there and decided to move his aim for a moment towards the Rompuy cohorts (who decided to get angry and jeer at Farage on his behalf) saying "Oh, I know democracy is not popular with you lot".
Nigel went on to say "I have no doubt your intention is to be the quiet assassin of European democracy and of European nation states," to which Herman gave this response "There was one contribution that I can only hold in contempt, but I'm not going to comment any further."
Spoken like a true tiger Mr President sir.
This outburst would seem like an opportunistic move by Farage to raise his public profile and that of his party given the upcoming elections if it were not for the fact that he is right.Â His observations and condemnation of Van Rompuy are far from outlandish and probably reflect the mood of Europe.
Lets face it, if you were to ask the man on the street who the European President is I doubt that more than 5% would get his first name right.
And this is meant to be the President of the EU Council?