Saturday 10 December 2016

Come on, lads -- the public expects a couple of token hissy fits at the very least

Published 05/03/2011 | 05:00

'And then yesterday from the distant hills came the first faint drumbeat of dissent. Some of the warriors of the Labour Party were up in arms'

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WHERE was all the drama which by rights should accompany do-or-die negotiations on the formation of such an important Government? Where were the tantrums and tears, the mid-talk, high-dudgeon departures?

Where were the trays of triangular sandwiches and flasks of coffee being ferried into stuffy rooms to keep the pow-wow going through the wee small hours? Where was all the whispered talk of 'red-line' issues and 'deal breakers' which would send the delicate dance up in a heap?

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