Theresa May cannot use people for political expediency just because you are desperately hanging on to office. It is unethical to dive into Ireland, without a by-your-leave and not care about all of the people who live there. There is peace, yet these things are fragile and grabbing the DUP’s 10 votes, could disturb that fragility. What right does a British government have to give the DUP’s its ear, when it stands as a neutral arbiter of northern and southern Ireland’s politics? You’re correct. It has no right.
I once met a very brave Englishman, whose hearing was destroyed by a bomb. During the explosion he covered two children’s bodies with his own and saved their lives. He was a hero. Those children were Irish, North or South? He never said; they were just children.
The thing is, that Irish people have had a measure of peace after the end of the Troubles. The problem is that Martin McGuiness, (Sinn Fein) the Deputy First Minister to Mrs Foster (DUP), resigned in January this year, but passed away in March and no replacement has been discussed. He resigned because there was an initiative in green energy, overseen by Mrs Foster, which ended with £490 million overspend to businesses. He wanted Mrs Foster to resign but she refused. There was disagreement between the two biggest parties: Sinn Fein and oh dear, DUP. One rule of the Good Friday Agreement (10 April 1998) is that if Mrs Foster is First Minister then a member of Sinn Fein must be her Deputy.
Asking the DUP to join the Conservatives is like Nicola Sturgeon asking for a second Scottish referendum. Neither woman will accept that it will be a hollow victory if you force people to accept what you want, without thinking about consequences. Personally, I am horrified that the Conservatives are even thinking of talking to DUP. Our General Election was democracy in motion. The Scottish Referendum did the same when people voted to remain in the EU. The ability to take a step back and look at the bigger picture is not always innate. That is why we have discussion, in a Cabinet, for example.
The Conservatives do not have a majority and will have to work hard to ensure that enough MP’s of any party vote to get the Bills through. Leave the diplomats to talk to Irish political parties to continue the Good Friday Agreement. We want peace in Northern and Southern Ireland; there is no way any British government can interfere and not be partisan.
Besides, Theresa May is showing a strong hand in Europe with Brexit. I would like her to continue with that. There cannot be a deal with DUP alone. The Good Friday Agreement is in place. Please stop meddling.