KevS wrote: ↑
Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:18 pm
Out of curiosity, when possibly the loudest "No Surrender" voice of all, the late Reverend, saw things far more pragmatically, and ended up being a respected colleague, confidant, and let's be honest, genuine friend of Martin McGuinness, did the DUP's heads explode?
Unionism and Republicanism both undergo frequent changes of the guard, or attempts at the same, generally with a harder-line splinter group fucking off and declaring their old party to be traitors, or external rabble-rousers squeezing the old guard. Paisley was lucky enough that the alternative groups at the time were led by even worse. TUV soaked up the loud voices and bagged the "Farage Berth" on local political coverage (no electoral success to speak of, but guaranteed to go off on one and make "good TV"), and managed to go beyond the pale for the long tail of DUP support (the supposed "natural UUP voters"). DUP were quick enough to get on board with the new paradigm, because the alternative was falling apart.
Truth to tell, though, that long tail isn't remotely happy to be voting DUP on non-constitutional issues. UUP decided to try and re-align on the hard-line side and got nowhere. It will be interesting to see how the posturing on a hard border affects things down the line for the DUP.