Arlene Foster presents a credible defence of the DUP's decision to remain an independent political party (Belfast Telegraph, August 25).
There is, however, one fundamental flaw in this strategy: it is based on the incorrect assumption that Northern Ireland's place within the Union is secure and that British politicians have a limitless capacity to tolerate the antics of Ulster politicians.
Sir Reg Empey has presented a vision for the future of the Union which aims to counter the appeal of all-Ireland parties and resist the possibility of revived English Nationalism. There are many risks involved, but they are risks that are worth taking.
DAVID C SHIELS