Thus, when Brown was asked whether the UK would be isolated once the Euro-11 club of finance ministers is established, helaunched into a deftly-scripted statement about his victory in ensuring that London would be fully represented at most Euro-11meetings.The UK minister then answered a number of other questions in his customary way – ie not at all – frequently asking Yveswhether he would like to say anything.For a long time, the Frenchman was the model of discretion and didn’t say a word. However, he finally cracked after Brown,for the second time, studiously avoided saying whether he personally favoured adopting the euro in the UK.Laughing, De Silguy said it was great to hear a British finance minister defending the single surrency with as much enthusiasmas the most euro-phile Commissioner. Oddly, Brown didn’t seem to find the joke funny. But he showed no such care in his treatment of Economics Commissioner Yves-Thibault de Silguy.When the meeting ended, Brown told the Commissioner and his staff to head downstairs to the press conference room, as hewould be there in five minutes. Fifty minutes later, De Silguy was still hanging around the podium in full humiliating view ofthe assembled journalists.When Brown eventually appeared, it soon became clear why he was late. He had been carefully preparing the answer to a’surprise’ press question which his sidekick Charlie Whelan had asked a news agency journalist to pose.