You would think any organisation which names a peace prize after the man who invented dynamite had placed itself beyond satire.
But the Norwegians who adjudicate on the various Nobel categories really surpassed themselves this year by awarding it to the European Union.
Even as the announcement was being made, French fishermen were ganging up on British scallop boats in the Channel and Greek police were massing to protect German leader Angela Merkel during her fleeting visit to their beleaguered country.
Yes, it was all milk and honey at the new home of the Nobel Peace Prize all right, and no doubt the odds are already shortening on the award for literature being given to Katie Price next year.
As most sensible people know, it was the formation of NATO and the threat of mutually assured destruction which has kept the component parts of the European continent from each other’s throats for the best part of 70 years.
The EU is merely a flawed by-product of a philosophy which believes that just because we aren’t the worst of enemies, we must all be forced into becoming one, big happy family.
But this merely encourages people like Vince Cable to propound the myth that unless we continue to embrace concepts like a common agricultural policy, tanks will soon be massing on the borders of member states.
He said as much last week when he appeared at the Cheltenham Literary Festival, where the gullible were gathered at his feet.
Uncle Vince told them if the eurozone were to unravel, ‘the consequences would be absolutely incalculable,’ (a bit like the Greek national debt, in fact).
Then he sent everyone off to bed with his own little fairytale.
‘We tend to forget, until we were reminded last week by that Nobel prize,’ he said, ‘that the European project was constructed in order to rescue Europe from extreme nationalism and conflict.’
This was arrant and disingenuous piffle on a grand scale.
Presumably he was referring to the same ‘extreme nationalism and conflict’ which is currently parading itself through the streets of Athens, Madrid and Lisbon?