In the print edition of the Newsletter, Mervyn Pauley dismisses the likelihood that any deal is possible between the UUP and the DUP:

“…their mutual feelings of loathing, rooted in an unseemly history of interparty feuds, personality bashing and alegations of treachery and double dealing is arguably, as Sherlock Holmes said of Watson – “the one fixed point in a changing world”.

If as is widely tipped, the DUP win poll position for the Unionist side of the Assembly, Pauley beleives that the planned DUP’s advocacy of the old formula of single-party talks and meetings with the Prime Minister, will undermine its potential impact.

He quotes Reg Empey: “I am sure Gerry Adams is quaking in his boots about that.”