One of the chief architects of the (now defunct) May 15th deal between the UUP and David Ervine rang me that morning to ask what I thought of it. I told him I thought the party had given too much away, too cheaply. David Ervine has never hidden the fact that he believes in dispersal rather than disbandment of paramilitaries, so the benefits for the UUP with an ally with a particularly unpredictable hinterland, were a risky bet from the start. It would seem, as Peter Robinson suggests, to leave the UUP’s parliamentary strategy in tatters.
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