Before you head off for the weekend, have a look at Sam McBride’s exclusive in this morning’s News Letter…
PETER Robinson signed a post-dated letter of resignation as First Minister to secure his party’s support for policing and justice..
This is significant on two levels. One, it suggests that if the party doesn’t get the deal it wants, Robbo is toast. And second, it removes the power to unseat the party leader from the Assembly group where we know he has a 60-40 majority to the party executive where we are not sure the level or degree of support. The question that deserves an honest and forthright answer is: on what terms? In other words, what is the bare minimum the working group must bring home so as to avoid Robinson’s resignation?
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