Where is the DUP’s head at?

A round-up of what the commentators think.Susan McKay doesn’t buy the split claims she thinks it is:

“Clearly, there are tensions but this is more about how the DUP is going to manage its glacial progress towards sharing power with Sinn Féin.”

Alan McBride thinks the politicians are doing a good job of despite internal opposition and he even agrees with the DUP:

“The DUP is full of people who don’t want to share power with republicans under any circumstances, just as Sinn Fein is full of people who don’t want to have anything to do with the PSNI. Not an easy basis for their leaders to cut a deal. Maybe the reality is that our politicians are actually doing a fantastic job simply keeping the show on the road… I have to say (and this is not something I say often), that I actually agree with the ‘Big Man’ in his insistence that those involved in governing us sign up to policing.”

Alex Kane is having problems understanding the nuance of the DUP’s position:

“…the day started with Ian Paisley making a speech in which he didn’t actually nominate himself, but nor did he rule out nominating himself in the near future. It would probably take the Hansard equivalent of the Rosetta Stone to understand the true meaning and nuance of the DUP’s position, but it didn’t actually matter.”

John Coulter is predicting a UUP/DUP electoral alliance and a new party being formed:

“Supporters of the St Andrews Agreement in Ian Paisley’s DUP and Reg Empey’s Ulster Unionists look likely to form an election pact to outgun the threat from anti-deal dissident unionists…Unionist sources claimed there had already been “private talks” aimed at re-establishing the 1970s-style United Ulster Unionist Council, or Unionist Coalition, to field agreed pro-deal candidates in future Assembly and Westminster elections…There have also been suggestions Allister could quit the DUP and establish a Right-wing, anti-deal grassroots Unionist party along with McCartney. It has also been alleged Newry and Armagh Independent Unionist MLA Paul Berry could be asked to join the new anti-deal coalition.”

Brian Feeney retreats to they don’t want a catholic about the place argument:

“What is clear, however, is that most unionist voters voted for the DUP in 2003 and in greater numbers in 2005 because they believed Paisley would not share power with the only partner available – Sinn Fein.”

The BBC also provides a summary of positions of all the parties.