Theresa May has announced that her Conservative Government plan to form an alliance with the Democratic Unionist Party. This will stop short of a formal coalition. This confidence and supply arrangement will ensure that the Conservatives can carry on in office maybe for a full five year parliamentary term.
Many have castigated Mrs May for choosing to even parley with the Democratic Unionists. It is preposterous that anyone should suggest that working with the DUP is somehow rebarbative. The DUP is the largest party in Northern Ireland. Labour and the Liberal Democrats when in office regularly held consultations with the DUP. All of a sudden they would not touch the DUP with a barge pole.
In Northern Ireland the DUP shares office with Sinn Fein. Sinn Fein was a vociferously pro terrorist party till a few years ago. Their friends in the IRA repeatedly tried to kill DUP politicians. Sinn Fein really was sectarian because they acted as publicists for sectarian terrorists. The DUP sometimes engaged in unpalatable rhetoric but they were never a pro terrorist party: There ere pro loyalist terrorists parties such as the Progressive Unionists and the Ulster Democratic Party and even the Volunteer Political Party.
Much has been made of the DUP’ opposition to abortion. It is staggering that the DUP is accused of being anti Catholic when it advocates the same position as the Catholic Church. The DUP also wants the law in Northern Ireland to be the same as in the Republic of Ireland.
Almost everyone in Northern Ireland supports devolution. In Great Britain a great majority of people also want devolution for Northern Ireland. The logic of this is that there will be different policies in the different countries of the United Kingdom. It is absurd to sggest that it is an outrages for the lwa in Northern Ireland to differ from the law in Scotland, Wales and England.
It is the case that the DUP is unsupportive of same sex marriage. This was the legal position in the rest of the UK until very recently. iT IS ludicrous to treat this as an abomination. Perhaps every Prime Minister until Cameron was foul for not advocating this?
The Orange Blue alliance might prove durable. It will guarantee the United Kingdom stable governance for up to five years.
Unionists in Northern Ireland have long faced prejudice/. They have been denigrated for décades by pro IRA elements around the world. A very well organised campaign of defamation has besmirched their reputation. The UK must be the only country in the world where people are insulted merely for wishing to remain part of the country.
The DUP want an open border with the Republic of Ireland. That is a major concession to nationalisM; This inclines towards a soft Brexit which Labour and the Lib Dems find more acceptable. May’s hands on Brexit negotiations will be tied by this and europhiles ought to welcome that.
The DUP is left on jobs and benefits. Again they shall act as a moderating force. To a large etxent the DUP will stand for pork barrel politics. They want subsidies for Northern Ireland. They can prove that only they can deliver the goods. This sill stand them in good stead for winning North Down: the only unionist seat in Northern Ireland not currently in DUP hands. They may hope to take back Fermanagh South Tyrone for the unionist cause.
The DUP have been foully slandered. It is nauseating to hear this coming from Corbyn who really was pro terrorist. Furthermore; Labour was very eager to do a deal with the DUP 7 years ago.