But unless his fully-developed vision of the future can capture heart-and-minds, I’d expect control of the party to stay with the mainstream.
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As 2017 draws to a close, the United Kingdom is in better shape than many of its supporters had dared to hope.
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The DUP leader rejects “any form of regulatory divergence which separates Northern Ireland economically or politically from the rest of the UK”.
Of course Ulster’s trade with the mainland must be protected as top priority, but a degree of flexibility on regulations in a small number of sectors is sensible.
The DUP leader has not yet shown she knows how to make the strange machinery set up in Stormont work.
A sensible solution is achievable, but unnecessary brinksmanship and over-the-top rhetoric helps nobody.
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Since when did voting for a party mean endorsing every policy in any election manifesto? Especially when large chunks of the Tory offering are in the shredder.
An under-informed London media is allowing the province to be cruelly misrepresented. Ulster voices are the only antidote.
I was instrumental this year in getting the gay pardon legislation extended to Northern Ireland. Significantly, this was accomplished with the assent of the DUP.