In an interview with Basil McCrea (News, January 2), he claimed that the Ulster Unionist Party is moving away from the principles of the Belfast Agreement.
It is, in fact, Mr McCrea who is clearly in conflict with the principles of the agreement - for he has been advocating that the UUP withdraw from the Executive.
The central part of the agreement is an Executive based on a mandate, ie shared power and shared Opposition. This is the best mechanism for delivering consensus government.
In a power-sharing set-up there is no place for the normal type of opposition. It is the electorate who decide the level of government and the level of opposition each party will have.