THE Executive could achieve more if there was a better relationship between Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness, Ian Paisley has said.
In a rare in-depth interview, the DUP founder today tells the News Letter that he had spoken alone with the Sinn Fein minister when they entered office in 2007 about his commitment to power sharing and said that he was "absolutely sincere" about the deal.
Asked how his successor Peter Robinson and Mr McGuinness now operate, Mr Paisley said: "I don't know how they do it now."
"I don't think that this particular government at the moment have really got to the place where they can make so much progress as we made because we had that relationship, that coming and going."
'I did too much in my day'
'I was totally sincere about Sinn Fein deal'
Two weeks ago Mr Paisley used his column in this newspaper to lambast those who talk of "clever devices" seemingly a reference to a comment by his successor Peter Robinson.
In the revealing interview, he said that the only way leaders could bring their communities together was by showing that they themselves could work in harmony.
The interview is part of the News Letter's new three-page Friday politics section, The Political Review.
Also in The Political Review section of the paper this week:
* Professor Henry Patterson argues that devolving policing and justice will not be a panacea to violent dissident republicanism.;
* Assembly Speaker Willie Hay urges the public to engage with the Assembly;
* Geoff McGimpsey looks through the best of the online political debate;
* A round-up of what happened in the Assembly chamber and committees this week and a look ahead to what MLAs will focus on in the next seven days.