ONE has to admire the courage, tenacity and downright heroic acts of the Ulster Unionist Party.
Faced with a vote on policing and justice, the Ulster Unionist Party decided to argue on making the Executive work well, and education.
No matter the pleas of their Tory bedfellows; faced with pressure from the US administration; faced with criticism from the Secretary of State; faced with every other party and almost every other MLA voting in favour of devolution of policing and justice, the UUP resolutely stood their ground.
Except when deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness allegedly told them to ‘get out’ of his office…
Their courage must have faltered otherwise there should have been a sit-down protest, an unauthorised parade round Martin’s office and a poster campaign reminding the deputy First Minister of their Britishness.
Finally, to rub salt into their wounds the UUP were told by the last local politician that held the powers of policing and justice that they were wrong. He was, of course, the Ulster Unionist peer Lord Kilclooney.