If it took a hit over the cash-for-ash scandal, then any imminent Stormont poll would surely be a complete car crash for Arlene Foster’s party.
On the eve of the centenary of the Northern Ireland state, the Union will look increasingly precarious in the eyes of many unionists following the agreement between London and Brussels on the new Irish Sea border.
Staunchly loyalist Larne will become a border town in 2021.
The DUP issued an unusually long statement yesterday evening in relation to the Brexit developments.
Notably, it was from the party centrally and not in the name of Mrs Foster or any individual representative.
It welcomed some aspects of the deal and was critical of others.
Given the potentially grave implications for the Union, it was moderate and measured in tone.
There wasn’t a single angry adjective in the 800 words.
The DUP knows that making a song and dance of the latest betrayal by the Tories would draw attention to its own ineptitude and incompetence in this saga.
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