Flush with electoral success, Executive parties face difficult learning curve

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt and party colleauges who will be in opposition at Stormont. Picture by Mal McCann
I DON'T know about you but I actually like a bit of apple pie? It seems that's not a shared experience as the new opposition parties have been quick to sharpen their teeth into their Executive counterparts - the DUP and Sinn Féin. First of all it's fine for the new Executive at its opening meeting to be all motherhood and apple pie. What were people expecting? New rules are going to have to be learned very quickly by both the opposition and the Executive. The Executive ministers will need to learn not to spit their dummies or anything else out of the pram every time t[...]

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