“David was not cold and uncaring. He cared more, loved more, than any politician I have ever known, but critically, like his religious faith, he rarely showed it.”
Also: watch as those who studiously ignored Trimble over the Protocol neuter his memory to canonise him in death.
Didn’t he forsee the marginalisation of his party that would follow the Agreement? And anticipate his own fall from office and power as well as his rise to both? The answers are veiled in mystery because so are his motivations.
A section of the commentariat was so unbalanced by the referendum result that it now automatically sides with the EU.
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.
The problem with conjuring the threat of republican terrorism to oppose a land border is the signal it sends to their loyalist counterparts.
The Scottish leader has always tried to temper expectations about the country’s fight with Covid. This could pay off in an independence referendum.
Also: Poll suggests SNP have a mountain to climb on independence; Cameron admits he asked Queen to intervene in 2014; and more.
Also: SNP insist on leading Holyrood inquiry into Sturgeon’s handling of Salmond allegations; and Ulster Unionists call for Direct Rule in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
In which the EU’s Chief Negotiator displays exactly the “magical thinking” that is decried when Brexiteers undertake it.
We need a new strategic partnership with Ireland. At the moment, that end seems endlessly remote.
Pro-Brexit MPs weighed a no-confidence vote in Theresa May yesterday evening. But the essential case against one remains unchanged.
Also: Welsh Tories criticise Jones’ delayed departure; Welsh Labour row over voting reform continues; Trimble attacks ‘scaremongering’ over Ulster; and more.
Also: Wallace attacks Scottish Government for objection to ‘British values’; Geldof says Easter Rising was a ‘mistake’; SNP woes deepen over indy divisions; and more.
For all its compromises and ambiguities, it is the only practicable means to hand of giving the province something approaching normalcy.