Gilmore keeps to his script on Burton soap opera
'There is always speculation about who is getting on with who, who is arguing with who. There is a kind of soap opera dimension that goes on around the edge of politics."
Now that little assessment by Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore of his relationship with his deputy leader Joan Burton could yet be in the shakedown for understatement of the year.
The embattled Labour leader will also be hoping that a second piece of political analysis – that he would by now have heard of any planned heave against his leadership – does not make it into an anthology of famous last words. After all, heaves by their very nature are not always heard about until they are unveiled with lethal effect.