- Arlene Foster’s ‘hard woman’ persona being celebrated – her unwillingness to bend the knee to republicanism even in the eye of the storm over RHI.
- A spelling out that there will be no tolerance of an Irish Language Act.
- Boasting that the road to Dublin has been checked with cross border bodies ‘hollowed out.’
- The DUP priding itself in blocking same sex marriage, Gay Rights and any liberal agenda.
- That the Maze Project is dead and gone and will not be coming back.
- The trumpeting of an end to Europe’s interference in the affairs of Northern Ireland post Brexit.
- A promoting of the notion that increased representation at Westminster will better serve the Union and will exercise greater influence on British government policy:
- A blocking of any shaping by Sinn Fein of Legacy issues.
- A Bill of Rights will be thwarted.
- We can expect DUP players like Nelson McCausland contending again and again ‘Arlene ran rings around Martin McGuinness and that is the real reason why he resigned.’
- As to examples of ‘the crumbs’ which the DUP might concede to Nationalism – funding for ‘The A5 Motorway’ in the North West as it would serve the interests of the Protestant Unionist community as well.
A new school of Medicine in Derry which would accommodate both communities.
This is the platform upon which the DUP will fight the forthcoming election.
With attitudes growing more hostile in Sinn Fein towards the DUP by the day the message is: ‘crumbs’ in any Stormont administration are no longer acceptable to Nationalism.
What of the fate of Sinn in the aftermath of the election?
Stand by for my next contribution when I present my analysis.