Friday 19 January 2018

Robinson wins admirers but friends still in short supply

Sam Smyth

It is easier to admire Peter Robinson than like him. The professional skill he employed to deliver the deal at the eleventh hour of the tenth day of tortuous negotiation was estimable.

It was equally impressive how he turned the 40pc of his party objecting to his proposals on Monday to unanimous support on Thursday night.

And with an election looming, looking through that narrow DUP prism, it is easy to see why he declined Martin McGuinness' hand after yesterday's historic agreement.

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