Desperation creeping in ?
How did Stu go on with that kicking out business, by the way?
I'm not a fan of emoticons, I think they're a little twee; but I concede perhaps I should have used one in this case. Desperation seems an odd choice of word, insinuating yet another step in a campaign, rather than a single off the cuff comment. Either way, it was a jolly aside, not a serious desire.