After weeks of bellicose posturing in the media by both parties, today's silence of is deafening. The end is nigh. Labour negotiations have to run their own course. It's now use asking why both sides couldn't have gotten to this point three months earlier. "Philosophical" differences are only put aside when the will to overcome them is sufficiently high. With the bleak prospect of playing out the season in Europe for peanuts staring them directly in the face, the players have flinched. What remains to be seen is how far the owners will have to move to find the "common ground". It's the end game of these negotiations and no news is good news. Is there nobody else out there that isn't afraid to say it.