Successive Secretaries of State have preferred to bribe the local parties back to the table than to govern. This must change.
Posts Tagged: DUP
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Poots has purged Foster’s old team and nominated an ex-spad as First Minister. These do not suggest confidence.
Also: The new Ulster Unionist leader is right that Northern Ireland suffers for having no government MPs. What will he do about it?
Unlike the former Ulster Unionist leader, the new DUP one is set to stick with his voter and party base. But you never know.
The Nationalists themselves are doing everything they can to minimise their central policy. All the materials for denying their mandate are there.
Iain Dale: Only one of the two Conservative Chairmen may be in trouble over donations. And it isn’t Amanda Milling.
Plus: Why on earth has my bank shortened its name to Abrdn? And: The DUP should think carefully about toppling Arlene Foster.
Henry Hill: Why Foster’s exit most likely signals an even harder line against the Protocol from the DUP
A united front against the sea border might be their best chance – regardless of the headaches it causes in Dublin, Brussels, or London.
Political leadership is needed in Belfast no less than in London – in some respects, even more so.
Henry Hill: If Johnson wants to save the Belfast Agreement, he must act to restore unionist confidence in it
If he cannot or will not convince them that its guarantees of their British status are real and meaningful, its days are numbered.
If the EU is as committed to the Belfast Agreement as it claims to be, here’s what it will do, sooner or later
If strict East-West checks and North-South checks are problematic, the only solution left standing is to minimise the former by rewriting the Protocol.
Henry Hill: Frost’s appointment shows the Government is not resigned to the Northern Ireland Protocol
His extension of grace periods only makes sense as part of a strategy aimed at securing meaningful concessions to assuage unionist concerns.
Henry Hill: Gove’s challenge – what if the Protocol ends up threatening the peace in Northern Ireland?
The problem with conjuring the threat of republican terrorism to oppose a land border is the signal it sends to their loyalist counterparts.
Stephen Booth: Now our own Government says it may trigger Article 16 in Northern Ireland. Is the move a bluff? Or is it for real?
The EU’s missteps over the last week have provided an excellent opportunity to seek changes to the Protocol that might provide for a more durable settlement.
WATCH: “It is very disappointing” to see talk of constitutional politics “during a time of national crisis”, says Foster
“For us in Northern Ireland, what we have to do at the moment is all come together to fight against Covid.”