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DUP overplayed its hand, and no amount of fudge can cover its hubris

Mark Bain



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All smiles: Prime Minister Boris Johnson with DUP leader Arlene Foster at Stormont last year

All smiles: Prime Minister Boris Johnson with DUP leader Arlene Foster at Stormont last year

All smiles: Prime Minister Boris Johnson with DUP leader Arlene Foster at Stormont last year

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive. Wise words from Robert Louis Stevenson.

But it was in more than hope that the DUP first boarded its campaigning Brexit bus five years ago.

It may be a reverse analogy, leaving Europe rather than heading off for a break in the sun. But, like booking a holiday, the photos in the brochure looked appealing. When you get there the reality is somewhat different.


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