UUP’s fight getting tighter?

Hmmm. Daily Ireland has the understatement of the year. In reporting Ian Paisley’s controversial (though not entirely uncharacteristic) remarks about the rope and the electric chair, this report writes: “Among the UUP-held seats now looking decidedly shaky in face of the DUP assault are” and then goes on to name every single UUP Westminster seat. It even includes Sylvia Hermon’s seat in North Down primarily on the basis of a rising DUP vote and the absence of Bob McCartney this time. We still think it will stay with Hermon, but that could change when we hit the ground.

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