Friday, 18 April 2008
The DUP PR machine carefully managed to get two bites of the cherry by having the party’s Assembly group elect Peter Robinson as leader on Monday and having its Executive meet on Thursday to endorse the decision. Their masterstroke, however, is the idea of having a ‘swansong’ event for Paisley at the Balmoral Hall on 30 May. Doubtless this will be a cross between a revivalist gospel mission, this is your life and a political rally. Open to the pubic apparently! I wonder who will carry the red book and do the Eamonn Andrews/Michael Aspel impersonation – surely Martin McGuinness? Better still Gerry Adams – they go back so far together.