It's difficult to think what Theresa May imagined she would achieve with her snap invitations to Downing Street but then this is prime minister who is becoming increasingly renowned for her poor judgment.
Kameron Virk and Andrew Woodcock, Press Association
Former Northern Ireland secretary of state Lord Hain has accused the Conservatives of "putting party before peace" by seeking an agreement with the DUP to shore up Theresa May's minority administration in Parlia ment.
Nationalism has responded to the prospect of DUP-Tory rule by raising two points: how can the British government exercise “rigorous impartiality on behalf of all the people”, as required by the Good Friday Agreement; and how can secretary of state James Brokenshire be independent as he chairs Stormont talks? These are valid questions.