There are times when school playground analogies are inescapable in this place. T.Aldous, and to an objectively much lesser extent Mary, are in lumber because of an underspend in a key area. (Which is to say that T.Aldous has blocked expenditure out of one of our budgets and is lining Mary up to take the rap for it as per usual).
"Mary, let's get together and decide what we're telling this Brenda person."
Mary knows precisely what's going on and is being quiety uncooperative.
"I'm busy at the moment helping the girls with these orders. We won't meet our additions figures if they're not done."