ACCORDING to Gregory Campbell on Stephen Nolan’s Radio 5 Live show, Peter Robinson has a week to clear his name. Campbell, who didn’t actually attend tonight’s meeting of DUP officers, refused to give his unequivocal backing to Robinson, adding that the DUP leader’s neck was on the line.
Meanwhile, names are being mentioned about who might take over if Robinson resigns. Deputy Dodds appears uninterested, which leaves figures like Arlene Foster and Sammy Wilson in the frame, although whether an ex-UUPer or a politician so lacking in gravitas would be given the post is another question. This may also be something other parties like Sinn Fein, as well as the two governments, are considering – is Robbo still the least worst option for political progress? Mick doesn’t buy it, but there was a ‘Save Dave’ campaign for Trimble before his position became completely untenable. Could we end up with Keep Pete? And what happens if Robinson stays beyond next week, but public opinion remains hostile in the run-up to the general election? How fast can a man move in a grey suit?