Agreement remains the framework

Number 10 Downing Street has re-stated its determination that the original Agreement of 1998 is to remain the template for political progress. That should keep most people on board. Including those we have come to understand as anti the Agreement.

A careful examination of the DUP’s 2001 manifesto, for instance, shows that amendment rather than abolition of the Agreement was what they campaigned for at the time.

As we suggested before, the terms pro- and anti- are no longer adequate to describe what separates the two sides. What will help define them may only gradually seep out slowly from behind closed doors over the next few months.