DUP charm offensive continues…

THE DUP’s outreach initiative continues with an offer to exchange views with all-Ireland Catholic Primate Sean Brady. The party is clearly on a charm offensive – an oxymoron that I feel suits Paisleyites well – but it may be how the party reacts to the usual summer violence that will really shift outside perceptions of hardline unionism before the next (yawn) round of talks.

The BBC reported:

The East Londonderry MP said he hoped a meeting with Archbishop Brady would bring about a greater understanding in the Catholic community of unionist concerns, particularly in employment and cultural matters.

“It’s my view that it is perceptions of people’s views that create problems, rather than the actual position,” Mr Campbell said.

“Quite often when people sit down and explain their position, whether in writing or in person, the clarification that is required is given.

“Then you quite often find that people adopt a different position.”

Very true. What kept you so long though?!

The DUP clearly expects – as do many – that the IRA’s forthcoming statement will be the usual halfway house. It is gearing up for any blame for political failure to be placed on republican shoulders.

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