I suspect that quite a few things about Danish EU and foreign policy – especially on the electoral level – make a lot more sense if one considers the (Danish) expression “Die dummen Dänen” (sic!). The pseudo-German line reflects a widespread feeling that other countries basically see Denmark as a joke, best treated somewhat overbearingly and usually ignored. Exactly why the Germans are supposed to be especially condescending is a good question given that relations between Denmark and the Federal Republic have generally been good even if some CDU/CSU politicians and prominent representatives of the Danish People’s Party have at times done their best to sour the mood. Anyway, Denmark has a massive need to assert itself internationally.
But as it turns out, there is one place where you will find people happy to make Denmark the object of crude jokes: Whitehall.
But then again: Are anybody really surprised to learn that the English – Ex-pats living in the Nordic countries and continental Northern Europe excluded. I mean: They did emigrate for some reason – are a bunch of arrogant a***s? The only slightly surprising element of the story is that Lord West is not a member of the Conservative Party but connected to the Labour Party.
PS: Why “Die dummen Dänen” and not “Die dumme Dänen”? Because the expression is unknown in Germany.