Headbutts and slaps
It's been one of those weeks.
Bradshawgate was a very public spat, but is it the tip of the iceberg when it comes to tensions between Westminster and Cardiff Bay?
The Welsh Affairs Select Committee investigation into cross border public services is seen by many as placing Westminster's tanks very firmly on Cardiff Bay's lawn (or should that be warships on their pond). The Assembly Government has resolutely refused to make any comment on it ... but did we hear a cipher response yesterday - and a strong one at that?
During a plenary debate on public services, the Wrexham Labour AM Lesley Griffiths made the following statement.
"Sadly in recent times the very term cross-border been somewhat hijacked by people who see themselves as self-styled sceptics on devolution and the phrase cross-border is now almost a metaphor for a lack of aspiration and ambition that is now infecting the body politic in certain parts of Wales."
Her masters' voice?
But back to Westminster again, where this week, the same Welsh Affairs committee published their report on the Assembly Government's proposed domicilary care LCO. The LCO itself, fine and dandy, more or less ... and then the MPs cross the road for another dust up.
"We also note the haphazard approach to processing proposals for Legislative Competence Orders in Council. The failure on the part of the Welsh Assembly Government to follow the anticipated procedures for these proposals, which were described during the progress of the Government of Wales Act 2006, has created significant problems. The Wales Office, the Welsh Assembly Government, and the National Assembly for Wales should seek to coordinate the procedures more effectively in future."
If the Bradshaw affair was a full on headbutt aimed at Welsh ministers, these probably fall into the "slap" category. And the low level skirmishes may well continue.
But here's a question. Who is the single unifying figure who could call a halt to this if it really starts to escalate?