It was just a little back-page story this week: "MLAs finally approve new rules for House." Big deal, right? Actually, yes -- not the changed rules, mind you, but the fact that after years of bickering the measure went through unanimously and the government miraculously accepted amendments from the opposition, which, in turn, was miraculously upbeat about it.
So what's going on? Is the devil dead, releasing our politicians from their obligation to sneer and snarl, or what?
In reality, our politics and political attitudes are changing, although in a back-page kind of way -- that is, in a manner too slow and complex for the public's short attention span to notice. New rules passed without acrimony is merely one example.