It is no secret that Jim Allister intends to contest the North Antrim seat in next year's Westminster election. There remains some doubt over who his DUP adversary will be, but it has been largely assumed that Ian Paisley Junior may try to take over from his father. Even the bookies are assuming it, and offering odds that Paisley Junior will win?
But today's bombshell might just open up the contest a bit.
The BBC reports that: "The Policing Board has confirmed that Ian Paisley Junior approved the secondment of PSNI officers to train their counterparts in Libya.
Mr Paisley was the chair of the Human Resources sub-committee when it was asked to approve the move in November 2008.
Earlier his party colleague, Nigel Dodds, said whoever approved the move was "living on a different planet""
Libya is, of course, unionism's big big bogeyman at the moment. Between supporting anti-Libyan motions at Stormont, pushing the British to do something, and organising (one-sided) groups of victims to travel to Libya, the DUP in particular are trying to milk the issue for every extreme-unionist vote it can get.
But now it seems that Paisley Junior took his eye off the ball, and has left his goalposts wide open for a free kick from Allister, the darling of the extreme unionists.
Could this turn out to be the point at which the North Antrim seat really becomes an open contest?