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Christmas is coming for the DUP

The Democratic Unionists are likely to be courted by either of the two main parties

By David McKittrick  

Northern Ireland First Minister and Democratic Unionist Party leader Peter Robinson ©Peter Morrison/AP/Press Association Images

For the first half-century of Northern Ireland’s existence its ruling unionist community knew where it stood with Westminster: the Conservatives were aligned with the Protestants, while British Labour favoured a united Ireland. It was all fairly straightforward.

But those ancient simplicities were dispelled when the troubles erupted in the late 1960s, the waves of violence breaking the old bonds. After…

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