DUP leader Peter Robinson has called for a 'Pan-Unionist celebration of the Ulster Covenant', but either he is slightly out of touch, or he is being wilfully blind.
He said: "I believe that such an anniversary belongs to everyone in the Unionist community and that the Unionist parties should co-operate in organising a series of events to commemorate this special and significant anniversary. I will therefore be writing to Reg Empey to seek out ways in which both Unionist parties can work together to jointly organise a series of events to celebrate this important date in Unionist history. I hope to see a working group formed to that effect."
Note that the event 'belongs to everyone in the Unionist community', but that he wants to set up a working group with only the UUP!
The elephant in the DUP's living room – Jim Allister's TUV – is studiously ignored. And thus Robinson simultaneous demonstrates two things: he is still running scared of Allister, and he is not actually interested in 'pan-unionism'. Both show that unionist splitting and infighting will continue into the run-up to the various elections due in 2010 and 2011, to nationalism's advantage!