No fuel strike has even been called. Yet the Government is now effectively obliged to give Unite whatever it wants, not to end such an action, but merely to prevent it, even though it might never have happened, anyway. It would take a heart of stone not to laugh.
We are back in the position that we were in for four and half long years between September 1992 and May 1997. Everyone, including the Government, knew that the Government was finished. But everyone was left waiting for it to go away, and it stayed on until the last possible moment.
Yet this is even worse, with a Prime Minister whose party does not so much as command an overall majority, but with the entire parliamentary system newly rigged in order to ensure that he remains in office until May 2015, no matter what.
These are going to be three very, very, very long years indeed.