Sir Reg has probably been capturing the public mood in recent weeks when calling for the Executive to meet and dismissing the idea of devolving policing and justice until the Assembly proves it can exercise the powers it currently has. Likewise his remarks that the system at Stormont needed reform also probably struck the right note with the public.
He must have been disappointed when his former Ministerial colleague came out to bat for the UUP candidate in the Enniskillen by election by dismissing the suitably of the DUP candidate, the Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster because she was a wife and a mother.
One suspects it is a two horse race between Mrs Foster and Denise Coyle the Sinn Fein candidate with Mrs Foster slightly ahead?
Sir Reg will have consoled himself with the standing ovation he received at the UUP’s Executive Committee meeting on Thursday evening. One attendee said that Sir Reg’s presentation on the proposed merger with David Cameron’s Conservatives was the best he has ever given.