The Conservative government’s loss of seats in the General Election has ruined its majority. Its knee-jerk response has asked for support from the Democratic Unionist Party’s (DUP) seats in Northern Ireland..
This government cannot make a deal with any party from Northern Ireland. This is because the British government governs Northern Ireland in the same way it governs England, Scotland and Wales. The DUP has 10 political seats out of a total of 90 seats, almost 10% of the seats .The government cannot give one party an advantage over the rest. It is unethical.
Usual moral ground would be to leave the DUP alone. However desperately I may want my own choice of political party to be in Parliament, I cannot be doing with politicians who fling the high moral ground out of the window when convenient.
The morals of the current Conservative government have already been called into question during the election by allowing only three people to decide on the manifesto: Theresa May and her two assistants. Now she wants the DUP and their 10 seats to swing to a majority in Parliament.
Our first priority should be for the wellbeing of the people of Northern Ireland. The DUP are naturally jumping at the opportunity to be more powerful. (Theresa May has no chance as the Irish are the best and loveliest talkers in the world and that accent ….)
I watched a documentary about Northern Ireland yesterday and it rivals England for beauty. I never knew that. Sixty years ago my father and his friends from Liverpool went on holiday by motorbike to Ireland. When they visited the Irish parents of one of their group, the eldest son refused to stay in the same house as Englishmen. Such was the depth of hatred for the British.
Lots of people have terrible memories of the Troubles 1968-1998, yet we have been at peace these twenty years. How dare a British government put that at risk? It’s inconceivable and the thing is, my heart though true blue, is wobbling.
Having another election would be tumultuous for us all, but it may be the only honest way through.