By Brian Feeney (for the Irish News)
There was much dismay but little surprise at the appearance of a gaggle of DUP MLAs to support Ruth Patterson at her court appearance. Those dismayed gave lectures about unionist leadership, or rather the dearth of it, but at the same time explained their lack of surprise by pointing out the DUP’s electoral requirements. In short, those guys turned up to secure their votes or the party’s votes in next year’s council and european elections.
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