Given the poor overall result for unionism in the regional election to the assembly at Stormont, many commentators expected Arlene Foster, the troubled leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, to express some regret about her contemptuous behaviour towards the Sinn Féin half of the power-sharing executive or indeed the wider nationalist community. Her vow to stage a “bitter” election, one reeking of hibernophobic sentiment, backfired spectacularly, leading to a resurgent vote among northern nationalism. This lifted SF and the Social Democratic and Labour Party to unprecedented levels of support, placing pro-unity and pro-union representatives on a near level pegging. However, far from expressing contrition the Fermanagh politician seems eager to compound her problems – and to further destabilise the hard won peace of the last two decades – by seeking a pan-unionist anti-nationalist axis to possibly contest a further round of elections.
From a plea by Foster published in today’s unionist-leaning Belfast Telegraph:
No one should be surprised with the outcome of…
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