Party decision is based on principle
David Gordon and a great many others may find the UUP's position on the devolution of policing and justice incomprehensible.
Viewed through the lens of pure electoral advantage, and propping up the Belfast Agreement at whatever cost, it may be incomprehensible. Officials in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Northern Ireland Office have been ruthless in attempting to first discredit and then undermine the UUP in the run-up to yesterday's vote. However, after the dust has settled, the officials will be tasked by their masters to try to understand (and probably subvert) the UUP position.
These officials will only arrive at understanding when they accept these actions are borne out of principle about building a sustainable future for Northern Ireland. A principle with which you can agree or disagree, but a principle nonetheless.
PHILIP A GRIMASON
Ulster Unionist Party, Portadown