Newton Emerson: Poots’s big mistake was to move too fast

Donaldson can carve himself three months to have a firm conversation with his party

Edwin Poots leaves the headquarters of the DUP without speaking to the media after he resigned following an internal revolt from his party over the timing of his nomination of Paul Givan as Northern Ireland’s First Minister. Video: PA Media

It only makes sense in relative terms to talk of “liberal” and “conservative” factions of the DUP. It might seem to make no sense after the ousting of conservative leader Edwin Poots, apparently for being too liberal on Irish language legislation and sharing power with Sinn Féin.

So instead of liberal versus conservative, think of the DUP’s divide as fast versus slow. Poots was caught in a cycle of weakening authority driving him to reckless haste.

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