A waste of negotiating space..?

DUP politician Peter Weir has accused his former party leader in the UUP, David Trimble, of using the Good Friday Agreement negotiations to obtain knighthoods for current UUP leader Sir Reg Empey and Sir John Gorman – a bit of a waste of political leverage. Trimble also apparently demanded that Labour should organise in Northern Ireland, something that Tony Blair continues to oppose. Weir contrasts that with the tougher negotiation technique of the DUP, which he argues is working better.