Tories say ‘no thank you’ to pack with UUs…

There have been rumours flying about for weeks that some in the Ulster Unionists were keen to get some kind of pact going with the Tories. It perhaps indicates a sense of vulnerability amongst the unionists, more than any especial confidence amongst Ulster Tories. But in any case the answer was a firm no. Jeffrey Peel the Chair of the Ulster Tories was brusque and to the point:

“We regret that the Ulster Unionists seem to want to keep the people of Northern Ireland isolated from real politics. In doing so they play into the hands of Irish nationalism and narrow-minded unionist nationalism.”