I’d heard Tom Kelly was going to kick off this week’s column with an echo of Gerry Adams’ “thank you Mr Eastwood”, after collecting a tidy sum on several otherwise unfavoured SDLP horses. Instead he goes for a quick round up of the landscape as seen from the SDLP’s viewpoint. He blames the British, and in particular Tony Blair’s NI point man in No 10 Jonathan Powell for hanging Trimble out to dry.His analysis accords with that of the departing UUP leader:
There is no strategy for peace or indeed a process. It has all become a form of cheap bartering with the natives. To borrow Dr Paisley’s words, if Mr Trimble faced the ‘rope’ this week, it was a rope provided by the British government.