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Diane Dodds speaking at Stormont’s daily briefing last week

Diane Dodds speaking at Stormont’s daily briefing last week

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Diane Dodds speaking at Stormont’s daily briefing last week

In a neat reversal of the traditional stereotypes, now it's the DUP which wants Northern Ireland to change more quickly, and their critics who think Ulster should keep saying No.

This time, the difference of opinion is over the lockdown, after Economy Minister Diane Dodds responded to appeals from the retail and hospitality sector by calling on her colleagues in the Executive to fast-track the reopening of bars, hotels and restaurants and to relax the two metre rule around social distancing, so that small businesses can start earning money again after months of closure.

Usually when a politician is reported to be 'calling on' their colleagues, or opponents, to consider a particular issue, what they mean is that they themselves have already made up their minds, but want to give the impression of consultation.