I am so disappointed and ashamed that the Conservatives, a party I have supported most of my adult life, has been dishonest, has taken a swipe at democracy. If such an action had been taken by a dictatorship somewhere else, we may have said that it was typical of someone desperate to hold onto power. That it has happened here may have reverberations, far beyond politics. For example, if I was an incomer from elsewhere in the EU, I would be seriously thinking of leaving, so blatant is the bribery. What sort of people are the British to accept it?
No-one is mentioning that the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont remains dissolved. No-one has said that Martin McGuiness resigned because Arlene Foster DUP Leader and First Minister had become embroiled in a green energy for businesses scheme, which had been far too generous and was overspent by £490 million, hardly a trifling amount.
According to the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, Northern Ireland politics allows a member of DUP to be First Minister, so long as the Deputy is from Sinn Fein. When Martin McGuiness of Sinn Fein resigned, the legislature could not operate and was dissolved.
For a British Prime Minister to be giving one billion pounds to the DUP, is like jumping hard onto one end of a a seesaw and hope no-one falls off. Long have we been known for our fairness and fair play. The EU politicians still make agreements with a signature and a shake of hands. EU countries like us and we like them, but we have voted to be independent again. That is all.
Let the incomers speak. They came here because we are generous with our welfare benefits and let them go back home and still pay it at British rates. We benefit from their hard work and contributions to our economy. This power-grabbing leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Would I want my children to live in a place that pays bribes, without a second thought? Middle-eastern countries are not strangers to bribes. It’s just that I never thought it could happen here.
When you unbalance political power, you threaten democracy. Politicians go to work in Parliament, away from daily life, but most of them are very hardworking and do their best for us.
The payment has to be stopped. Actually I am surprised that the EU Commission has not objected to it. If this was a middle-eastern country, I am sure that our politicians would be outraged, (not that it is any of their business,) at this threat to the balance of power.
The Scots are objecting. How much did we pay again for their new seat of politics? £414 million. How much does it cost to run? Well in 2009, it was £72 million and the rest of us are footing that bill as well. And isn’t there somewhere for them to stay if they are at Westminster in the week? They have had quite enough of our taxpayers’ money.
The Welsh are forgiven their expenditure as they have succeeded in attracting Aston Martin to build its new car in Wales. Wow!
If the payment is withdrawn, I shall be happy and relieved. Mrs May is dangerously clueless about Northern Ireland’s politics and does not seem to care, just so long as the DUP votes with her.
Let us be clear that the government must be borrowing the £1 billion. Where else have they got it from? Oh, I get it. All Councils in England will have to curb spending on care of English citizens. I could ask my MP to object to the payment, but the dolt seems to have favoured status, in a safe seat. I voted Green.
Do you agree or disagree? Comments welcome.