Significantly the coalition government also set out its position on Northern Ireland in its 'Programme for Government' today. It reiterates previous Conservative policy and hardly represents an abandonment of the principles behind UCUNF.
We will continue to promote peace, stability and economic prosperity in Northern Ireland, standing firmly behind the agreements negotiated and institutions they establish.
We will work to bring Northern Ireland back into the mainstream of UK politics.So the Liberal Democrats too, are now officially signed up to Northern Ireland at the heart of national politics. Perhaps they should start advocating a similar approach for their sister party, Alliance.
After all, developments in the UUP could reward David Ford if he were to reposition his party as broadly supportive of the Union, rather than agnostic.
My reading of the Conservative - UUP link-up situation is that it will endure if the will exists locally to keep going.