Wednesday 17 October 2018

Arlene Foster should banish Boris and back Theresa May

Eoghan Harris

Eoghan Harris

When Arlene Foster said she would be happy to work with Boris Johnson, I recalled a saying attributed to the subtle French statesman and survivor, Talleyrand.

Told that Napoleon's execution of the Duke of Enghien was a crime, he replied: "It is worse than a crime, it is a mistake."

Backing Boris Johnson was a more serious political mistake by Foster than her loose use of language about the Belfast Agreement which, as Newton Emerson pointed out in The Irish Times, was just an off-the-cuff response to a reporter.

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