In an exclusive interview for Farm Week, Tom Elliott has held out the prospect of the UUP taking the Agriculture Ministry after the Assembly election.
"The suckler and beef farmer from County Fermanagh even held out the prospect of an Ulster Unionist Agriculture Minister..."
The nature of the ministerial appointment system means only one choice can be guaranteed - the very first one and that falls to the largest party. After that choices are shaped by the decisions of others. Basil had prioritised education as the UUP's preferred first choice of ministry (assuming it was still available) is Tom going to make Agriculture the UUP's first choice (assuming it is still available)?