Ian Paisley has told the BBC that his party cannot say yes to government proposals until Sinn Fein indicates it will abide by the same conditions. Clearly he is wary of being caught in the same compromised position as David Trimble last October. Is this the deal breaker? And if so, who will take the rap?
However, he also suggested that if the IRA “gave up its weapons and abandoned its criminal activity” he would “have to do a good deal of swallowing. I’ll have to do a good deal of biting my lip in future days.”