>> 11 Feb 2004


It sure is a jungle out there - in commerce anyway! I've been away on business so this is the first chance I've had to catch up on a lot of issues. Predominant in my thoughts is the "DUP say Yes" to devolution at any price - so long as it looks different from the UUP's position.

There have been several interesting discussions on this on Slugger O'Toole. What interests me most is the remarkable level of DUP supporter acquiescence to a strategy that will restore devolution by placing the IRA's proxies in Government. Such discipline! This contrasts with the rancour in UUP ranks when their policies could, with a degree of logic, be now viewed as tougher than the DUP's.

Do DUP supporters ever question the infallibility of Dr. Paisley? Does Dr. Paisley fully understand what the pragmatists in the DUP have proposed? Is Devolution now more important than guns now? Is principle an optional extra in the Unionist political camp?


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