Reg Empey in this morning’s Newsletter is on the attack over the DUP’s questioning of his pact with the PUP. “It will mean that instead of an excutive split six seats for unionists and six for nationalists, unionism will have a five seven majority”. Indeed, it may be that the DUP’s public annoyance is routed in the possibility that it had its own private plans (Bob McCartney and Paul Berry have both been mooted) stymied by this move. Questioned on the danger of allying itself with the a party directly linked to the UVF for his party’s credibility on policing and criminality debates, “I don’t believe that to be the case. Our party has always been the party of law and order”.
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