Wrong politician has quit - but the day of reckoning for Arlene Foster is now closer
The wrong politician resigned yesterday: Arlene Foster should have stepped down rather than Martin McGuinness. But the day of reckoning for Stormont's obstinate First Minister has just edged considerably closer.
I wonder if Arlene Foster is feeling lucky? Her fortunes look set to be tested at the ballot box shortly - Mr McGuinness's departure makes her position untenable as First Minister. She has little choice but to return to the electorate on a 'back me or sack me' platform.
The First Minister is facing now into a general election sooner rather than later, and the only guarantee is that it will be a bitter battle. With her at the head, the DUP is hobbled and in a weakened position. What an inept leader, what a blinkered party - compromise would have avoided this situation but conciliation is not in Mrs Foster's nature. Which is something of a disadvantage in coalition government.