Unionist backroom

Trimble confesses his concern for the future of the SDLP. The First Minister and Deputy First Minister face criticism from a devolution monitoring group, over the numbers of staff in their departments.

“Democratic Dialogue argued the office was growing “like Topsy” while Downing Street had a total of 190 staff and Merrion Street in Dublin 205.”

Barry White says that nationalists should get used to the idea that the whole agreement will be subject to re-negotiation, whether the DUP comes top of the poll or not.

“Bottom lines have to be set, and adhered to, if the Agreement is ever going to win the respect of unionists, as it has of nationalists. If it’s a moving escalator, no wonder unionists think it’s geared to deliver them up to their opponents, like Gibraltar.”