Apart from American and French presidential elections, we British are largely indifferent to elections overseas. Last week Justin Trudeau’s survival in Canada barely caused a ripple in our national news media, although I dare say there would have been considerable schadenfreude had the flashy young gentleman come a cropper.

The Canadians tell me that, “with Merkel gone,” 39-year-old Trudeau will become “the Dean”, the most senior and longest-serving member of the current club of G7 leaders.