Sunday September 20, 2020

Foster would do well to listen to the internal rumblings among DUP stalwarts

Arlene Foster survived the ‘cash for ash’ scandal, but she is facing challenges from within the DUP, partly because of perceived arrogance and her unwillingness to listen to senior party members’ advice

13th September, 2020
Arlene Foster, DUP leader and Northern Ireland First Minister: While her position is not under immediate threat, her authority has been eroded and her judgment questioned. Picture: Getty

Having survived the renewable heating incentive (RHI) scandal as well as the DUP’s catastrophic Brexit miscalculation, Arlene Foster must have thought she had weathered the political storm.

But last week her leadership was again in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, as her party‘s apparently contradictory attitude to the Northern Ireland Protocol was played out in public.

In an interview with Sky News, Foster stated that she had to “recognise...

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