“Given the NIO’s usual approach to such requests..”

Sharp point made by Newton Emerson in his weekend Irish News piece about the recent difficulties of Ian Paisley Jnr and machinations within the DUP.

A question about the source of the revelations itself might also be worth asking. The information on Mr Paisley jnr’s lobbying was released by renegade MEP Jim Allister via a freedom of information request to the NIO. Given the NIO’s usual approach to such requests, it seems highly unlikely that this particular piece of information was released either unwittingly or unwillingly. Is somebody helping the DUP with its own internal peace processing?