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.
In what universe is “the peril which has emerged” not inherent to the structure of the deal he struck?
A party which can’t even bear to say ‘Northern Ireland’ will never make Irish Brits feel welcome in an all-island state.
It is worth remembering that the current backlash would be much worse had the Government not subsequently acted to unilaterally extend ‘grace periods’.
Also: it looks like it will be a good day for Labour in both Wales and Scotland as Douglas Ross struggles to make headway.
Would it be worth abandoning long-shot hopes of criminal prosecution to get evidence on the record before the witnesses die?
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A new volume of essays laments the lack of support for the Union from anywhere outside Northern Ireland.
Once done, it will be near-impossible to back down with Stormont elections looming. Can the Government secure the deal it needs?
Even if they don’t, the issue will certainly dominate the coming Assembly campaign unless Truss scores a real win.
Doug Beattie faces an uphill struggle to overhaul Northern Irish unionism – but may have more time to do it than his supporters fear.
Among those who are set to vote for a party in the Assembly elections, we find Sinn Féin in the lead.
Also: DUP leader threatens early Stormont election over the Protocol; Scottish Labour councillor defects to the Conservatives.
Triggering it would not be an assault on international law, but nor would it be a panacea. Frost wants to re-open the treaty.
Also: DUP call for ‘unionist unity’ pact is a cul-de-sac for Northern Ireland that the other parties should resist.