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It hasn't been a good fortnight for forbearance and self control in the political arena.
Last week, Newsnight editor Ian Katz mistakenly made public a Twitter comment intended to be private. In describing the shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury as “boring, snoring Rachel Reeves”, he went beyond embarrassing himself and his programme, he pointed up a tendency which diminishes a great deal more than politics.
For those outside the bubble of partisanship, the party conference season is likely to induce varying degrees of irritation and despondency.