Elliott's plan would be a disaster for unionism
Tom Elliott's plan to have an agreed Programme for Government after the next election certainly sounds reasonable.
But what seems good on paper doesn't always work out as well in practice and this idea is a prime example.
As demonstrated in the Republic, you don't just agree a Programme for Government, you negotiate one. And we all know just how bad the Ulster Unionists are at negotiations.
SF/SDLP both want an Irish Language Act, as well as an all-Ireland parliamentary forum. Both parties want some form of north/south policing.
Now before the UUP are allowed anywhere near a negotiating table, given as some bright spark has had the idea, they should tell us just what they are prepared to concede in order to reach agreement with the SDLP and Sinn Fein.
Given the Ulster Unionists and SDLP act like Tweedledum and Tweedledee, I have to ask, has the UUP already made concessions to nationalists for their support and, if so, what are they?
Is the Ulster Unionists' great idea worth the price of furthering SF/SDLP's all-Ireland agenda?
Under the UUPs rules then there would be no government and we default to Tory direct rule. Tory rule would be a disaster for unionism.