Doctor Paisley's letter to Tony Blair…

Is all going to fall over the head of photographs? Who knows! So much of the news in the last week or two has apparently been more for the benefit of optics than for any substance. The latest sees Ian Paisley presenting Tony Blair with a letter (an inversion of Blair’s famous missive to David Trimble promising to pressurise Sinn Fein on decommissioning): “I have conveyed to him in writing what must be done especially in regard to decommissioning. I have left it with him. It is all over to him.”

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