Tone-deaf Arlene Foster still hitting the wrong note

Power seeping away from a DUP leader who seems incapable of rapprochement

 DUP leader Arlene Foster: her  tone matters because nationalists have taken an allergic dislike to her. That may be unfair but it is a fact, on which the future of devolution depends. Photograph: PA

DUP leader Arlene Foster: her tone matters because nationalists have taken an allergic dislike to her. That may be unfair but it is a fact, on which the future of devolution depends. Photograph: PA

‘Different in tone but not in policy’ was how Sinn Féin Northern leader Michelle O’Neill described DUP leader Arlene Foster’s speech at last weekend’s Killarney Economic Forum.

This verdict was precisely wrong. Foster may not have announced any policy reversals but there was still fresh meat in her sandwich. Developing the British-Irish Council, an institution of the Belfast Agreement, as a post-Brexit mechanism was an intriguing proposal, not least because Michéal Martin suggested it last September.

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