High noon in South Antrim…

AND so, at last, Reg Empey grasped the bull by the horns and decided that he too will enter the election fray. It might paint over the cracks in the South Antrim Association – since Watson was prepared to stand aside for Reg – but can he do the business?

Of course, if he actually wins, Reg can’t be a double-jobbing unionist party leader given his opposition to such shennanigans, which would mean a new UUP Assembly leader (Danny Kennedy presumably?). But if he loses, it’s likely to fatally damage his leadership and could well be the final bullet in the foot of the entire Tory-UUP project. I know they’ve no MPs since Sylvia quit, but imagine the UUP getting none elected…

If nothing else, you gotta admire Reg for finally growing a pair to take on Willie with such high stakes at risk. There should be plenty of crack in South Antrim, as Adrian Watson wouldn’t say.