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While the dentists are rattling sabres and threatening to withdraw treatment from thousands of kids - a tactic the Daily Record can't condone - the real row is over the treatment of adults.
Of temperamental Elizabeth Taylor rattling sabres at her prima unomo, twice husband, Richard Burton, immortalised in the films of Taming of the Shrew and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf which carried on off-screen in a manner which gave nervous producers heart attacks.
Nick has been rattling sabres and beating his own drum.