What they’re saying on the blogs…

Belfast Stoops says, good move for Dave, bad for Reg; Conall crys wolf in sheep’s clothing. Iain Dale reckons Trimble in the new Tory cabinet is almost inevitable. Chekov reckons the news is both exciting and problematic. El Blogador reckons it has implications for Nationalism/Republicanism and the Assembly too. Ulster’s Doomed believe the UUP is suffering from “an irrational belief in the cathartic effect of a name-change” Mark Devenport notes that the UUP has beaten the SDLP to the punch when it comes to “realignment”

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