Operose is work characterised by the great effort needed; in this case the 'heavy going' necessary to praise the Coalition; "Outside economics, we have a Government that in two short years has been incredibly productive". Writing behind the pay wall, unfortunately, The Times' Matthew Parris - also describing Britain's comparatively and relatively good economic record - concurs with a few of us as he writes:
"Our ministers should take comfort, not sorrow, from the fact that our newspapers strut and our Opposition frets over Cornish pasties and static caravans. News bulletins led by reports from a circus of lawyers and celebrities spitting blood and splitting hairs at an inquiry into — what was it, again? . . . these are headlines for which the leaders of the eurozone nations would give their eye teeth."