diy wrote:Yes and no
the public roar does entrench positions that become "red lines" where face is lost if they are given up. So in that respect it's a little daft. On the other hand a storm before calm can be effective at creating authority that you can later give up
It can also make the storm-creator look very stupid and weaken their case. That is, in my view, exactly what the EU and what that "gap-toothed clown Verhofstadt" [the term is not mine but one which appeared in an article published by a major UK newspaper today] has done. I really cannot believe the sheer unprofessionalism and stupidity of people like Verhofstadt.