The distance, however, between me and my Party has become so great over recent months that I have decided to resign from the Ulster Unionist Party with effect from midnight last night (Wednesday).
One loose end is now tied up. In truth, most people I spoke to about Sylvia had had enough of her months ago. Her passing will not be met with profound sadness in the UUP, in my humble opinion.
And the DUP are likely not to run in North Down. Sylvia-Hermon-Democratic-Unionists-New-Force (SHDUNF) it is then.
With no DUP guy to support, and an ex-Alliance / untested UCUNF guy vying alongside an arguably erratic Hermon who made a virtue out of disloyalty – it’s hardly the stuff to energise a Unionist electorate. Expect low turnouts and a damp-squib victory for whoever is least disliked. Apathy might be the big story there.