Of the many political pastimes such as the bending of ears, twisting of arms and the depositing of aces up the sleeve, none has a more hallowed place than the flying of kites.
It was originally a tactic deployed with great rarity and only in the interests of grand designs. In an example known to anyone who has ever opened a Leaving Certificate history book, Gladstone flew the 'Hawarden kite' to see whether he should...
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