Newton Emerson with a sustained allegorical re-telling of the Irish Government’s fraught relationship with the social partners, cast in a domestic environment. It ends thusly:
Mutual respect is the basis of any successful relationship. If you feel that your wife is not giving you all the respect you deserve, back her into a corner and threaten to wreck the house. Remind her that although nothing is ever your fault or your sole responsibility, you are otherwise more important than her in every conceivable way. Then go down the pub.
Follow this advice and you should enjoy complete harmony on the domestic front. Your wife might occasionally threaten to take the kids and move to Poland. But really, what are the chances of that happening?
Who knew…? Gavin did…
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty