Beginnings of a pan Unionist front?

Well probably not. But there’s a decided change in tone from David Trimble following his most recent back room talks with his counterparts in the DUP. And for once, the secondary Ulster Unionist source is on a similar message:

“In my view, there is a whole lot more convergence between the parties than there was a week ago and there is strength in that. I am not saying the different unionist parties agree on all the issues but they have common ground on quite a few.”

  • Delrio

    Any co-operation between unionists has to be a positive thing. Jeffrey Donaldson has long called for such co-operation, and did so during the last Assembly election, so maybe his presence in the DUP is bridging the gap between the two main parties.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    It think that there is barely disguised hatred for Donaldson in the UUP. He may be many things, but a bridge between the two parties isn’t one of them.

  • peteb

    He could however be a plank…

    (in the bridge, of course)

  • North Antrim Realist

    DT is prodding the DUP in behind the GFA, while pretending to be consilatory, so he can say I told you so…… he has no time for them.

    The DUP have fallen for it, they are now pro GFA with a couple of tweaks, just wait until they sign up………………………….

  • AndrewD

    I think that the DUP like the theory behind the Agreement.

    They didn’t like it at first but once they got their MLA Salaries and privilages they got used to it and liked ‘the power’.

    The Belfast Agreement 1998 will form the backbone of any ‘New’ Agreement and the DUP realise that.

    Maybe if the DUP had been involved in the peace talks in the first place we wouldn’t be in this situation. The UUP had to do all the talkin’ as the DUP walked. And now the DUP have come back and picked up where they left off, for the good of their Party and not for the good of the people.

    Proposals will just be made inorder to ‘straighten’ it up and then the DUP will claim the glory.

    But good luck to them if they can do it! I just hope that they don’t forget about Paramilitaries.

  • willowfield

    Jeffrey Donaldson has long called for such co-operation, and did so during the last Assembly election, so maybe his presence in the DUP is bridging the gap between the two main parties.

    Long called for co-operation, yet actively encouraged division within his own party! And to what end? So that the DUP – which he joined! – could adopt the very UUP policy that he opposed!

  • Rebecca Black

    This is exactly what we need, time to point the spotlight at Sinn Fein where it should be rather than squabbling.

  • Davros

    Not sure I agree Rebecca. The biggest threat to the Union comes from within Unionism and the unionist community.

  • Rebecca Black

    Davros

    surely it makes alot more sense to co-operate, the two parties don’t even have to work together, but just to co operate and back each other up, thus putting the pressure on Sinn Fein rather than distracting the public from the lack of activity and compromise by Sinn Fein by unionists indulging in public brawls.

  • Davros

    I’m not saying that pooling resources and co-operation is a bad thing , or that it should be forgotten that SF is the main nationalist opponent
    Rebecca. But I do think there’s been a tendency to ignore the biggest danger to the Union – from within our own community – because of the focus on SF.
    The Unionist parties need to get their acts together
    properly, not just paper over cracks for Public Relations.

  • Rebecca Black

    you might have a point there.