“it has never been about a merger..”

At the Our Kingdom blog, Tom Griffin rounds-up the sceptical voices on the proposed UUP/Conservative Party link-up – much as fair deal did. Meanwhile, UUP leader Reg Empey was on Stormont Live today from the Conservative Party Conference and, whilst he was keen to emphasise a positive meeting with David Cameron, he was also stressing that any link-up would not be a merger and that the process was at a very early stage.. He’s also warning of a potential “spike” ahead in unemployment here.

Whether or not the Guardian’s Nicholas Watt’s prediction is accurate, he paints an interesting dynamic in the circumstances.