This is not some sort of fleeting party political consideration – what we are talking about here is maximising Unionist representation in our national parliament at Westminster.
Up to the twelve months to date, Nigel has maximised "Unionist representation" in our national parliament in grand total of 45% of the votes...
(Has voted in 45% of votes in parliament — well below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip).
Which is not surprising really, considering that alongside his role as MP for North Belfast he is also:
Deputy Leader of the DUP, member of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Minister of Finance in the Northern Ireland Executive and finally and probably least as far as the order of
In all honesty, if I were a DUP strategist, I'd be holding my fire at the moment, rather than running round like an hysterical headless chicken; there are bound to be difficulties ahead with the kind of ground-breaking alliance which is being proposed and the "market" being aimed at is, in all likelihood, not going to encroach into DUP territory anyway. Shouting "Who'll protect the prods, if we let the English in?" as Sammy Wilson has done or Nigel stressing himself publicly at the thought of Westminster being Unionist*-free zone when he's hardly ever in the spot himself, do not reflect a well thought-out counter-attack.
*Nigel, again, seems to forget that Unionism exists through the UK. Even if not one DUPe is returned at the next election, Westminster will still be chock-a-bloc with UK Unionists of different varieties.
So much for "maximising Unionist representation" at Westminster; as pointed out in the comments section and by Chekov, not one of the Little Ulstermen turned up for yesterday's Damian Green debate, too busy writing their next press-release no doubt.