And 9 DUP MPs sends out what message?

New Northern Ireland [and Wales] Secretary, Peter Hain has made his first statement – not sure how he sees that “message” from the electorate working out in terms of “[cracking] this problem and [making] sure that we get progress..”. Time will, no doubt, tell. Meanwhile, over at RTE, the Guardian’s political editor Michael White had a couple of interesting observations on Peter Hain [RealPlayer audio file]- “a slightly, sort of, awkward customer at one level.. He has a habit of speaking his mind”.. hmmm.. it would be a welcome change.. And Hain is also, seemingly, “a nice guy.. doesn’t have a great sense of humour”.. well, he’ll fit right in then..