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Has Foster reached the 'Trimble Tipping Point Moment'?

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Under pressure: First Minister Arlene Foster’s position is under threat once again

Under pressure: First Minister Arlene Foster’s position is under threat once again

Under pressure: First Minister Arlene Foster’s position is under threat once again

A DUP friend texted me on Thursday morning, wondering if I thought Arlene Foster had reached what he wonderfully described as the "David Trimble Tipping Point Moment".

It's a question which former UUP member Foster would understand, because she had previously been one of the party members suggesting that he stand aside for the sake and unity of the party.

Had he stepped down in the spring/early summer of 2003 (he hung on for another two years) it is possible that Jeffrey Donaldson would have replaced him and a generation of younger party members, including Foster, would have stayed in the UUP and probably deprived the DUP of its top-dog role.