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Strongly Unionist. The DUP have completed a remarkable political transformation from opponents to operators of the GFA in the space of less than a decade.
Opposed to GFA: totally opposed to granting concessions to nationalists and opposed to devolution in the context of power sharing with "unreconstructed terrorists"
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Under Trimble: had the choice of remaining outside and isolated in op position to power sharing or undermine it from within by boycotting meetings of the Executive and excluding Sinn Fein from office during their resistance to decommissioning.
In 2003, the DUP became the largest Unionist party, as their working of the devolved government coupled with its opposition to Sinn Fein proved popular with the Unionist electorate, disillusioned by the lack of decommissioning.
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The DUP increased its vote, while the UUP declined.>
Decommissioning- Divisions in the UUP- Poor and uninspiring leadership of the UUP.
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Rise of Sinn Fein - Demographics- Perception: younger, more business like.
Help from Sinn Fein: "executive within an executive" - Superior political organistaion
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Underestimating the ability of the DUP to make a devolved government work : the Assembly completed a full term without interruption.
Despite Ian Paisley as late as 2006 stating the it would be "over our dead bodies if (Sinn Fein) ever get in."
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Triumph of Extremes: Effect of GFA structures - Leadership - Demographics - British Policy
Or : so called "extremes" have become the "new moderates". Rather their disapearence politics becomes more normal. However N.I is far from normal.
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In 2003, the DUP became the largest Unionist party, as their working of the devolved government coupled with its opposition to Sinn Fein proved popular with the Unionist electorate, disillusioned by the lack of decommissioning.

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Under Trimble: had the choice of remaining outside and isolated in op position to power sharing or undermine it from within by boycotting meetings of the Executive and excluding Sinn Fein from office during their resistance to decommissioning.

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Decommissioning- Divisions in the UUP- Poor and uninspiring leadership of the UUP.

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Help from Sinn Fein: "executive within an executive" - Superior political organistaion

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Despite Ian Paisley as late as 2006 stating the it would be "over our dead bodies if (Sinn Fein) ever get in."

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