A series of statements would indicate that engagement between the DUP and Loyalist paramilitaries is near.
A chunk of Unionist voters have as little time for Loyalist paramilitaries as they do for Republicans so this would be the most significant risk the DUP has taken with its electorate since the Provos ran away from the Comprehensive Agreement to rob a bank instead.
However, the question has arisen how does the DUP square the circle of not engaging with Sinn Fein while they do engage with Loyalist paramilitaries? It seems the DUP is struggling with an answer if Gregory Campbell’s undecipherable statement is anything to go by.
Update The DUP’s discomfit could grow if activities like this continued despite engagement.