SWOTing the parties: Strengths of the DUP…

It is not clear to me that anyone inside politics never mind inside the media really has a clue what’s happening in Northern Irish politics, nor what is going to happen for the foreseeable future, never mind inside Hillsborough Castle over the next day or two. So we’re asking you to help us construct a swot analysis, ie to enumerate the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for all the major political parties. Today we start with the DUP, for no other reason than they are in the most ‘interesting’ position just now.

Imagine you are a strategist being stupid money to list precisely the key qualities of the party in each of those columns (in the interests of keeping focus all off topic comment will be removed from this thread). First, their ‘Strengths’:

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