Agree, agree, agree. Tactically the DUP are as dumb as the come and get dumber by the hour.Basically yes. Much the same as every British prime minister since thatcher.
However, equal blame lies with the DUP for not being smarter about it. They've just allowed this issue to hang around like a bad smell for the terrorists to use when it suits them. Far better to have taken that tool away from them by getting something passed long before now. Yes, an Irish and ulster-scots act will be a compete nonsense, of no practical use to anyone, a burden to the taxpayer and council rate payer, and only serve to harden divisions among people. What we obviously need is less flags and emblems, not more. But then again, when didn't common sense matter. Far better to have passed something in the assembly, clearly stating these reservations, while not wishing to be seen as denying minority rights - and let the public see for themselves the reality of it.
Politics is about the “art of the possible”, and ideally you would have imagined that the time to pass the goddam legislation was directly after the assembly was reopened last time around. By now, and by next election it would have been history, and would deny SF of a rallying “cause”!
Now I see DUP MP’s have turned on Poots, and are trying to block him from appointing first minister…