A politician stands for election and promises an important vote. He does not specify a date for this vote in his manifesto. He had promised to bring forward a bill for an important vote at the last election too in his manifesto but did not bring the bill forward for reasons that are never made explicit (but based partly on political reality, and partly on legalities). During the election campaign he changes his position on the vote twice but a couple of days before the election says it will take place during the second half of the parliamentary session but he has not announced the date of an important vote. He wins the election. Clearly, there will now be an important vote (assuming that the legalities can be dealt with).
After the election he is asked in Parliament when this important vote will take place on a weekly basis by a man with a boring voice. he refuses to answer. He is asked when this important vote will take place during interviews with journalists. He refuses to answer with any specific date.
Another politician from a different parliament (which has the power to clarify the legal problems relating to the important vote) wants the important vote to take place soon. However, being incompetent and insensitive the politician rather than limiting his comments in an interview to suggesting that his government will provide legal clarity to ensure a vote will take place the politician makes various comments which imply a degree of interference in the important vote.
As a result of the intervention by the politician from the other parliament a statement to the other parliament is brought forward to discuss the legal position.
At the time that statement takes place the politician who won the election promising an important vote holds a meeting and then goes to the television stations announcing when the important vote will take place. The important vote will be delayed to avoid clashing with two sporting events which take priority over important votes. Strangely his statement is not accompanied by an accompanying press release from his government. Indeed, a press release is not published by his government until the following day as can be confirmed by checking the date in the bottom left hand corner of the webpage for the statement. In other cases when the politician makes a statement his government publishes a press release at the same time.
You are the political commentator. How do you analyse the above situation?
(a) The politician who won the election promising to hold the important vote has been bounced into announcing a date for the important vote and the announcement of this date came as a surprise to his officials?
(b) The politician who won the election promising an important vote was not bounced into anything. He had planned to announce this date all the time and in a masterful display of tactics waited until the very moment it would have most impact?
(c) The politician who won the election to hold the important vote had been bounced into announcing a date for the important vote, and had then made the best of it by scuppering the publicity for the announcement by the other politicians?