They say that George Orwell defined the difference between collaboration and commitment as well as anyone when in Animal Farm he had the animals meet on day 1 of their liberation from the farmer to democratically decide the menu for breakfast. “What about bacon and eggs?” said the hen. “Whoa!” replied the pig “For you that’s collaboration. For me it’s commitment”.

A strange feeling that this can apply in all areas of life, not least (UK readers) national political life.

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