Robinson scores a palpable, if tactical, hit with the Daily Telegraph

Interesting front page story from my old Daily Telegraph colleagues Rosa Prince and Robert Winnett who may not have accurately read the implications of their story for their paper’s favourite man in the race

Effectively they are saying that Cameron may come to rely on a party they are currently engaged in a life and death struggle with in South Antrim (erm, the day after beating his way through hell, high water and volcanic ash to a part of the country he’s only likely to win one seat in).

He may, surely. But I should rather think that the DUP will one of the very last ports of call on his list, just before talking to the dreaded Scots Nats and Plaid, presumably…

Such a ‘victory’ would almost certainly breed a decisive defeat for what’s left of UCU-NF (as they are on the ballot paper tomorrow), or the CUs (as we see them on their posters across all of Northern Ireland bar FST)… Perhaps it is a classic case of the Westminster village not getting the game in the rest of the UK…

Either way, I’d now chalk last night’s debate up as a decisive – if strictly tactical – win for Peter Robinson… Not least since it is not his voters who’ll be reading that deadening headline, but those better disposed to his political victims rivals in UCU-NF in the prosperous middle class…

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty