“Some people are not, as they put it, natural Tories”

Following on from the independently minded North Down MP, there was more dissent in the ranks for the UUP with today’s defection of the chairman of the Ulster Unionist Association in North Down to the DUP – although the UUP leader had some intriguing comments to make about that on Stormont Live today. Reg Empey also made a reasonable fist of defending his strategic alliance with David Cameron’s Conservatives ahead of Thursday’s ‘Cameron Direct’ event. [new link] And a warning to the DUP, in particular, of starting a conversation about councillors attendance.

And if we could minimize the campaigning in the comments zone and maximize the conversation?