Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Where hubris and hypocrisy meet?

Because of the dirty little deal with the DUP, the Westminster government is now going to give an extra over £1 billion in funding to Northern Ireland. There is a magic money tree after all but it only comes into fruit when the political careers of Theresa May and her cabinet are at stake. All it takes is fertilisation with a whole load of bull and a whole barrel full of hypocrisy.  The extra money being thrown at Northern Ireland would work out, proportionately, at around £3 billion more for Scotland and about £2 billion for Wales. But neither Scotland or Wales, or anywhere in England for that matter, is getting an extra penny. The Tories lost the election in Scotland. They lost in Wales. Across England millions voted for change. Theresa May stood on a platform of trust in the most presidential election campaign the UK has ever seen, and she lost her majority and with it the trust of the voters. Yet it’s only Northern Ireland which will see the end of austerity, and that only as a result of an underhand deal in order to keep Mrs May in her job and to keep on imposing austerity on everyone else. Meanwhile the Irish Peace process runs the very real risk of being shattered and battered and the fate of the UK is put in the hands of the heirs to Ian Paisley. 
An Ulster Resistance rally in Ballymena being addressed by Ian Paisley in 1986. Behind him is standing Peter Robinson.
Trust in Theresa plummets even lower with this underhand deal. What makes it even worse is that it’s a deal that never needed to be made in the first place. It’s not like the DUP were ever going to vote to bring down the government and allow Jeremy Corbyn, friendly as he is to Irish Republicans, into power. This deal proves Mrs May’s lack of political sense and negotiating stupidity. She’s given away a large chunk of money. She’s put the Peace Process at risk. She's p***ed off the Welsh. She’s undermined the Union even more. She’s angered the English regions. And all for nothing. And this is the person who’s supposed to get Britain a good deal from the EU?

And whilst on the subject of incompetence, let's take a look at how the Tories casually throw our money at unnecessary projects.
* What about the cost of the unnecessary EU Referendum? £150 million. Kerching!
* What about the cost of the unnecessary General Election? Another £150 million. Kerching!
* What about the cost of the unnecessary deal with the DUP? Around £1.5 billion. Kerching! Kerching! Kerching!

And don't forget what they said about some of the costings Labour mentioned in their recent manifesto. This is where hypocrisy and hubris meet. I know I'm not alone in thinking that we deserve better from our government.

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