Trimble moves on to Tory pastures, newer and greener…

It’s good to get some acknowledgement for the occasional gem of wit and/or wisdom generated on Slugger. As David Trimble effectively closes one door on local politics, David Cameron is already deploying his experience elsewhere. Ruth Dudley Edwards provides some hints as to how it might go for the Unionist leader who arguably showed his old rival the way to go, when he signed the Belfast Agreement…

“It is my considered opinion that in the fullness of time, history will record the greatness of Trimble and it will be recorded at my expense.” Ian Paisley, 2009

THAT adaptation of De Valera’s alleged remark in 1966 about Michael Collins was a contribution to a long discussion on the Slugger O’Toole blog last week about David Trimble’s decision to join the Conservative Party. Neat idea, but if the Doc ever admits this self-evident truth, I’ll ask him if I may eat his fedora.

But what now for Trimble? Well, it’s really going to upset his petty detractors, but David Cameron will soon give him a serious job. Welcoming him, Cameron described him as a man of “great judgement and great experience”, who would be bringing a great deal with him, “not just on the subject of Northern Ireland, but more broadly on security, terrorism, the constitution and develop[ing] the Conservative Party for the future. It’s not every day you can welcome a Nobel Prize winner to your party”.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty