We’re into something approximating a winter silly season, were most commentators are kicking around one or two favourite footballs in the absence of much action actually on the pitch. We are reduced to reading what runes there are to be seen.
Something seems to be moving even if it is impossible to hear much outside of the locked negotiation rooms. Leading UUP dissident Jeffrey Donaldson has proposed the cancellation of next month’s adjourned UUC meeting because:
“It’s clear the government is cooking up some deal with Sinn Fein and in these circumstances it makes sense to delay recalling the Ulster Unionist Council until the details of the package being constructed becomes clear.”