You and me. We're going to sit here without all these people passing us notes, looking for reasons to say no. And we're going to find a solution, because if you don't let me go and in and pick up my airman hostilities will commence. If that man dies or is taken prisoner we will launch the military offensive we have been hoping to avoid. We will launch it instantly. No UN sponsored talks and immediate state of war.The play was a tense, claustrophobic and powerful drama. There was a sophisticated, twisting plot, riddled with wonderful moments. Take, for example, the moment the PM stood up to the US Deputy Secretary of State for interrupting the negotiations:
But at least have the decency when you walk into my negotiations in my country when I am bargaining for the safe release of 4000 my citizens and 48 square miles of my territory to treat me like an elected head of state!Things came to a head when Britain sent in an unarmed rescue helicopter, despite threats from the Angolans that they would shoot down anything in their airspace. I'll freely admit that I felt tears pricking my eyes as the PM ordered the rescue helicopter to keep going, despite the fact both he and they knew the Angolans had weapons locked onto it. The lives of the pilots depended on the two people locked in argument in the Swedish embassy.
|Monday 7th December 2009:||Zero Degrees of Separation|
|Tuesday 8th December 2009:||Winter Storm|
|Wednesday 9th December 2009:||One in A Million|
|Thursday 10th December 2009:||Getting to Four Degrees|
|Friday 10th December 2009:||Number 10 5/5 Immortality at Last|