May 22, 2019
Who is the top dog? From the distribution of groups, I couldn’t see who held power here: I felt a wariness, a shifting, an undercurrent. There was guarded resistance, each party holding back, no-one taking a stand or tilting for the centre because then they would be out in the open: then allegiances would be on display, or they must launch their own claim, and the battle lines would be drawn. The first to rise is often the first to fall: a challenge carries the weight of surprise, but the strength of opposition is untested and might easily displace them.