Maurice Hayes: Outlook is ominous for North parties' survival
Published 16/05/2011 | 05:00
PRESIDENTS and monarchs may come and go, even in the latter case once in a hundred years. But it appears that the Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV), in Jim Allister's threat to be a thorn in the side of those who would compromise with republicanism, still expresses the siege mentality of the Solemn League and Covenant.
However, with elections out of the way for the next four years, the DUP will consider that they have seen off the TUV threat to their vote as Sinn Fein seem to have contained the dissidents (at least electorally).
The district council elections essentially confirmed the message of the Assembly poll that the two larger parties were consolidating their hold on Northern politics at the expense of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) and the SDLP, while the Alliance made modest if localised gains.