The best thing for the DUP is Foster stepping down.

The best thing for the DUP is Foster stepping down.

Either temporarily or permanently, either way – in the long term, it’s a win for the party. Like it or not, the DUP were elected to the position of the largest party in the NI Assembly, and as such, have a mandate and obligation to govern. With Foster in charge going forward however, imagine the discourse likely in every single Stormont debate when funding comes up. Need money for health service? If it wasn’t for the RHI scheme, initiated by First Minister Foster, maybe we could afford it. Teachers demanding a pay rise? If it wasn’t for the RHI scheme, initiated by First Minister Foster, maybe we could afford it. Specialist Cancer Drugs Fund? Upgrading roads? Keeping our (wealth of) Airports open? Gritting the roads? If it wasn’t for the RHI scheme, initiated by First Minister Foster, maybe we could afford it. This is the sort of thing that hangs as a noose around the neck of a party for the duration of a mandate. Actually, for as long as it has a lifespan… and it’s safe to imagine the opposition parties aren’t likely to let this drop in a matter of days, weeks, or months. In 15 years time, when we are unable to afford X, it will be partly because of the RHI debacle. Whether the fault for that lies with Foster or not will be debated for some time no doubt, but her hands are on it. Like Watergate, Blair-in-Iraq, the Miners’ Strike… political terms of office can so-very-easily become defined by just one thing. I strongly suspect history will hang this as Foster’s political epitaph, her...