A DESCRIPTION of the Orange Order as a "backward-facing, history-obsessed, parish pump society" has stirred controversy in relation to the Ulster Unionist's partnership talks with the Tories.
The comment is included on the Northern Ireland Conservatives' website and has been highlighted by the DUP as it continues to call into question the idea of a merger or some other deal between the UUP and David Cameron's party.
DUP MLA Edwin Poots alleged the UUP now appeared to be cosying up to the Tories and forgetting the Orange Institution.
"It is sad to witness the Ulster Unionist Party abandoning this valued and much-loved part of our community as they rush to embrace an anti-Orange agenda," he said.
Poor Edwin, no longer Culture Supremo and with his beloved Shared Future Stadium floating gently down the Suwanee, obviously has too much time on his hands.
I read the post in question; at the time I think I (and others certainly did) commented that it was an OTT personal attack on an institution which really the Tories have no reason to be concerned with nor bothered about. But that was all it was a personal opinion, not a declaration of party policy. And if the UUP are "forgetting" the Orange Institution in favour of adopting a more pan-UK Unionist approach, that's actually a good thing for anyone who believes we are an integral part of the Union and not some self-governing, semi-autonomous, Prodistan tribal state governed by social reactionaries.