Yesterday I attended the AGM of the Northern Ireland Conservative Party. Firstly, I express my wishes for the best that can be achieved to Irwin Armstrong, the newly elected Chairman and the other newly elected members of the Committee.
When I arrived at the meeting, I wanted establish whether there was any doubt remaining that there would be no further agreements between the Conservatives and the UUP. The answer was very emphatic. There will not be. The behaviour of UUP officials is a very large part of the reason for that. Without going into any detail, what was described to me can be summed up by precisely the same words that Margaret Thatcher used to accuse the Argentine Junta when the negotiations to resolve the Falklands Crisis collapsed –
“Obduracy, delay, deception and bad faith”
A positive start then!