Your photo (September 11) of a Democratic Unionist party delegation in Downing Street shows three people, yet only two were named (Nigel Dodds and Arlene Foster). The third, I believe, was Timothy Johnston, chief executive of the DUP, and a former special adviser to the first minister in the Northern Ireland Assembly. In evidence given to the independent public inquiry into the renewable heat scandal on September 10 2018, Mr Johnson was described as someone who “was viewed as the most senior DUP employee by elected representatives and staff”. Given the huge influence of such unelected individuals on our political life, is it not time for news organisations such as you to highlight, rather than obscure, their profile?

Lindsay Prior
Professor Emeritus,
Queen’s University Belfast, UK

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