Ever since the McGuigan killing Robinson has been under pressure from the unionist right. With the publication of the paramilitary assessment panel report, Robinson’s decision to end the hokey-cokey and stay in has been a lightning rod for inter-unionist ire.
Against all this the parallel between Robinson and former First Minister David Trimble has been made, and it is plain to see. We know how Trimble’s career ended, and that ghost hangs over the ongoing debacle.
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