Three buses at once syndrome

The rumour mill is persistent that a large package is to be announced for deprived Loyalist communities, although David Hanson’s day of announcement seems to keep slipping.

The neglect of their working class communities has been a persistent criticism of Unionism but now it is a battle to show who cares the most with the DUP, UUP and UPRG making various suggestions and claims. Meanwhile, Sinn Fein are annoyed with some of the UUP’s latest suggestions.

Whoever did or didn’t get this likely package, the challenge remains to make sure any extra investment isn’t wasted and as it was part of the DUP’s shopping list for them to transform it into Unionist goodwill for political progress.