Suspense! Action! And a Hollywood ending

Playing to a tight script, US politicians used healthcare to stake out their territory - taking their economy hostage in the process. But there was more to come.

Surprise, surprise. America’s politicians have struck a last-minute deal to avoid default. The nation breathes a sigh of relief. Markets rally. White teeth are displayed before banks of microphones.

Get the feeling you’re being manipulated? Or that you’re watching TV?

The 2013 shutdown drama was months in the planning and writing and has played out pretty much to script.

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