DUP regard Sinn Fein as just another party…

THERE’S a kind of theme running in the DUP’s gloating over Sinn Fein’s dismal election performance down south. From the party’s spiritual wing, Rev Willie McCrea thundered out the message that republicans “are now facing the unpalatable situation of being part of the British establishment”. Over at the more pragmatic end of the party, Iris Robinson writes: “Now that they no longer pose a violent threat, the apparent magic has evaporated and they pose no greater threat than any other constitutional nationalist party.” Leaving the rhetorical glee both politicians feel aside, it’s another sign that others in the DUP have followed Paisley’s lead in that they now regard SF as they do other democratic parties – something of a revolution in attitudes.