Robinson seeds a slow merger for the UUP?

Consider this. A reorganisation of Belfast such that in the next Assembly election, The SDLP vote is squeezed until the pips squeak, and the Ulster Unionists colleagues in what they still imagine to be the middle of politics, lose their last two MLAs in SE and SW.

If current trends hold, there will not even be one seat between the two Michaels, who have been abandoning the liberal Unionist strong holds that only a few short years ago delivered votes at scale. In such circumstances, perhaps Mr Robinson’s urbane over tures might have a certain attraction?

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