On Hearts & Minds this evening, Noel Thompson asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland:
“The election of Martin McGuinness as First Minister should mean no difference [to unionists] and is in no way a setback?”
The Secretary of State’s response:
“I think the election of Martin McGuinness would be an extraordinary endorsement of the progress that has been made here.”
This concludes the relationship between the Tories and the Ulster Unionist Party.
The hesitation he showed during the answer makes me feel that he immediately regretted his choice of words. This will no doubt damage his relationship with unionist politicians.
*UPDATE: Here’s the H&M programme from last night at the point from which I’ve quoted.