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"These are having their cake and eating it"

Spot on. They want to ensure that there is no risk that all their demands might actually be met. Their primary aim is to appear constructive ("look, we present clear proposals") and yet ensure that there is no risk that they might actually have to support a compromise proposal.

by det on Sun Jun 22nd, 2008 at 05:29:40 PM EST
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Isn't that what De Valera did to Michael Collins?

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jun 22nd, 2008 at 05:33:22 PM EST
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