It troubling evening tonight. Not sure exactly what go on, but have been summoned into meeting with Don Clegg, Signor Davey and Signor Alexander.
"Bastardos, they're all ******* bastardos" rave the Don
Signor Davey look mighty cheerful. He appear to be looking through Family yearbook and drawing little symbols next to some of the pictures. I not sure what they mean but look like little spikes, squiggly lines with a loop on the end, and L-shapes with little round circles coming out of the end. Signor Davey mighty talented artist.
"I would urge caution" say Signor Alexander
"Oh genius, thank-you Daniel, this would be caution as in following your guidance to avoid upsetting anyone by developing a position on the latest musings of the Euro Family so complex that no one understands it except the three of us."
"It seems very simple to me" say Signor Davey.
"Really..." say the Don "Suppose, just for my education you articulate it again to Signor Liberali?"
"Well if you insist... Don.... Signor Liberali, as you know... periodically... the Euro Family meets to set rules for dealing with the border disputes that occasionally erupt between us. The latest rules were proposed in Lisbon, and the Euro Family is awaiting confirmation that the national Families are happy with the proposal."
"I thought Dutch heroin racketeers and French Connection already reject that."
"No, no, no, that was the set of rules proposed in Rome a year earlier, and entirely different set of rules, with much wider implications."
"Really what difference?"
Signor Davey glower at me. Don Clegg is smirking
"Well clearly that isn't what was important today."
"Oh why was it then that Knuckles was beating head against wall earlier, crying 'I just don't understand what we're doing'..."
"Well apart from the obvious that Signor Carmichael has a number of... shall we say... complex issues... the matter that caused him and other trait... I mean valued colleagues.... particular concern was the Don's insistence that we did not need to consult the foot-soldiers on the new rules."
"Why that problem?"
"It's not" snap Signor Davey... "That's the point"
"Then why everyone so excited?"
"Well some of the idio... I mean respected and loyal Capos... seem to regard Don Kennedy's 2005 promise to consult the foot-soldiers on the previous Rome rules as binding on this issue."
"So Lisbon rules really different to Rome rules then?"
Signor Davey glare at me.
"Well evidently Signor Liberali. For starters... one set of rules had the word Rome at the top... and other set used the word Lisbon."
"Wow, that pretty important." I say, impressed.
Signor Davey beam at the Don "See he understands"
"Uh huh..." interject the Don "Tell me Signor Liberali why is that you didn't join the rebels today. What is it about our position that you believe is defensible?"
"I figure if I no support you Signor Davey carry out threat to nail my testicles to door and close it." I beam
"Your loyalty is appreciated... Signor Davey, can I suggest you and Signor Alexander leave us to do some cabinet-making before the Family gets the impression that we tolerate any thinking more sophisticated than Signor Liberali's excellent analysis."
It sure great to be appreciated for brains as well as loyalty. I think I go and prepare some ice packs for Signors Heath, Farron and Knuckles...