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Embarrassing about-face by her man not a good look for Foster's DUP

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Northern Ireland’s Education Minister Peter Weir pictured during a press conference at Parliament Buildings, Stormont on Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Northern Ireland’s Education Minister Peter Weir pictured during a press conference at Parliament Buildings, Stormont on Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Ey

Northern Ireland’s Education Minister Peter Weir pictured during a press conference at Parliament Buildings, Stormont on Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

It's been a frightful few weeks for the DUP at Stormont. After an unprecedented rebellion which saw only half of Arlene Foster's MLAs support her over a controversial Bill, the last thing the party needed was another controversy.

Before Peter Weir's embarrassing U-turn yesterday, every single party in the Assembly - from the left-wing People Before Profit to the staunchly conservative TUV - opposed the DUP on the AS and A-level results fiasco.

That's not a position in which Mrs Foster's party will be at all comfortable. To make matters worse, it was an entirely avoidable situation if a modicum of political sense had prevailed.