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Boris Johnson’s shabby treatment of Ulster unionists is foolish

Posted by hkarner - 27. Oktober 2019

Date: 26-10-2019
Source: The Economist

Don’t feel sorry for politicians—but do worry about loyalist thugs

For a few minutes, it seemed like old times. On October 21st the Democratic Unionist Party walked back into the Northern Ireland Assembly, which had been closed for three years. The party, which insists on Northern Ireland remaining part of the United Kingdom and is socially conservative, was trying to block the legalisation of abortion and gay marriage—both of which had been imposed on Ulster by Westminster. But other assembly members did not turn up at the session, or left quickly, so the dup’s bid failed. It is not the most humiliating thing that has happened to the party this month.

The dup enjoyed two years in the sun. In June 2017 Theresa May, then the Conservative Party’s leader, lost her majority in the House of Commons and turned to the dup’s ten mps to make up the numbers. A party that most Britons probably thought of as cranky and obsessive (if they thought about it at all) was suddenly powerful. Conservatives praised the union and promised more cash for Northern Ireland. The dup was just as keen on Boris Johnson, Mrs May’s successor, who assured the party that no British prime minister could countenance a separation between Northern Ireland and mainland Britain. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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