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DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson during the official launch of the DUP Assembly election campaign at Dundonald Cinema

DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson during the official launch of the DUP Assembly election campaign at Dundonald Cinema

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DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson during the official launch of the DUP Assembly election campaign at Dundonald Cinema

DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson during the official launch of the DUP Assembly election campaign at Dundonald Cinema

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DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson during the official launch of the DUP Assembly election campaign at Dundonald Cinema

Launching the DUP’s Assembly election campaign in a Dundonald cinema, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson described it gravely as “one of the most consequential elections in our history”.

That may well be right — just as his warning that a Sinn Féin first minister could emerge if DUP voters desert the party may be right. But both these pronouncements have become hackneyed and predictable through over-use when there was little chance of either happening but it suited the DUP to play up the threat from republicans.


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