Malachi O’Doherty asks how long did SF and the DUP have the measure of one another? Newsnight may provide a half answer. This profile of Paisley (complete with him grabbing Ivan Little by the lapels for daring to suggest he would have to talk to Sinn Fein in November 2003), has Martin McGuinness name Autumn 2004 as the time his view of the ‘big man’ changed. That was the time of the Agreement (St Andrews 0.9); postponed, ostensibly, because Paisley wanted photographs of IRA decommissioning. It was also when Paisley’sit’s now or never… came down to a no deal… Or was it just a case of last minute figuring in some (previously undisclosed) potholes ahead?
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