This statement brings wry amusement to Miss Eagle's visage. Miss Eagle notes that King Canute debated similarly with a flatterer when making his own point about turning back the tide. Difference is that King Canute was not on the side of political flattery. He DID know which way was up!
In fact, Miss E is certain there is a debate going on. Nick seems to be debating the point. She is not certain just who or how many outside India, China and the US of A happen to be in Nick's debating club.