"It's absurd and unfair," he had told Ruth weeks before, "this objection to talking shop
. For what reason under the sun do men and women come together if not for the exchange of the best that is in them?
From left, Hastings Hotels' Julie Hastings and Hannah Corbett , Fiona Dodds, David Brett and Caroline Dunlea, MirrorMedia's LesleyAnn Diffin and Sarah Wright
Do we really consider that contributing a hopelessly outnumbered minority group to this pantomime talking shop
in London is a good use of our political energy?
The leadership is creating a post-Sixties talking shop
instead of a "meat and potato" organisation, according to former whip Tom Blenkinsop.
His plans for a light-touch assembly could never escape its portrayal as a talking shop
and gravy train for penpushers and failed party hacks.
Concerns the new committees will become a "talking shop
" were discussed, along with the resources needed.
Expanding the panel's remit would "result in it becoming nothing more than another councillor talking shop
", said Coun Andrews.
Peter Betjemann, Talking Shop
: The Language of Craft in an Age of Consumption (U of Virginia P, 2011), ix + 267 pp., 28 b & w illustrations, $35 cloth.
Summary: The Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) has been seen a talking shop
that cannot emulate the power of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.
It would be hard to argue with any of those voters who like to dub the Senedd a "talking shop
" while watching a performance straight out of a central Asian dictatorship.
Carrie Newcomer's song quoted by Heidi Schlumpf in the same issue may be a more trenchant theological comment: "I saw Jesus talking shop
with the Buddha at the Starbucks."
But Conservatives said they believed the council of the regions was nothing but a talking shop
which had been invented by Labour for electioneering purposes.