Somthing well worth pulling out of Professor Paul Bew’s latest analysis. The ‘polite boredom’ of the Pro Agreement masses:”In part this is because the DUP leadership has coldly calculated that the only way to sell a deal to a sceptical Protestant community is if the Provisional IRA is humiliated. This may shock some but the DUP believes that David Trimble’s statesmanship in the past simply set him up for betrayal by the two governments last year.
“The DUP has also made this calculation because positive pro-agreement people-power, of the sort that helped to bring about the Good Friday agreement, is conspicuous by its absence. As these negotiations reached their climax the public reacted with polite boredom”.