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Arlene Foster has the right stuff to make a difference

The departure of Peter Robinson, with Arlene Foster as she is elected DUP leader, makes life easier for local political parties. Picture by Liam McBurney, PA Wire
Whether she reaches beyond her own and her family’s experience of the Troubles, and the least reconstructed instincts of her community is the question, not her ability. Arlene Foster could be the first minister for all that Peter Robinson never tried to be for more than days before regressing. She has what Peter didn’t, guts and gumption. Her gender, though worth noting, is not her most interesting feature. Long ago, she roused a Ulster Unionist conference to delighted laughter by telling them that ‘parity of esteem’ - then buzz phrase as supposedly the basis for wha[...]
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