The Taliban's Tony Bliar. Talks over his dead body will be the answer.
OR used this rhetoric in 2009 then later in 2010. During my look back at early posts, I was amazed to realise how inadequate our erstwhile Sir Humphreys and Hague the Vague types are. An example here. To read of "we should haves" when this fact was patently obvious to little old me, years ago, is dispiriting.
I guess the "Lions led by donkeys" statement still has merit today. Trouble is those donkeys are greedy bastards!