To fall from favour

The Orange Arch in my home town of Hillsborough has very nice depictions of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh proudly displayed. Last year I was traveling through Magherafelt with a colleague, and was quite surprised to see on their arch, not the Queen and the Duke, but William McCrea and Ian Paisley (the latter of course not being a member of the Institution). My colleague told me that he believed the arch was in fact owned and maintained by the local DUP. He now isn’t so sure, as this year he tells me the images of the politicians have been replaced by a picture of Dan Winter’s cottage and a verse of scripture. Seems an interesting year to change.

I used to write and get paid, now I read and don’t.

Former UUP staffer, currently living in London. @mjshilliday