Prime minister apologises to Tories who lost seats
Theresa May had taken a parliamentary majority and for purely cynical and politically motivated reasons, called a gerneral election to gain a "clear mandate" from the British people but had only suceeded in losing 13 seats and her overall majority. A gamble based on a 40% opinion poll lead prior to the election had resulted in a lack lustre campaign, badly organised and ineptly conducted scoring a huge own goal against the Prime Minister and the party she leads. One conservative MP said that the party campaign was a "complete pigs ear" and another added "We didn't shoot ourselves in the foot.We shot ourselves in the head". Writing in today's (10th June) Daily Mail, Andrew Pierce reveals "the story behind the Tories catastrophic campaign" and in a scathing article, reports the extent to which dissatisfaction and anger is flooding through all levels of the Conservative party from senior MP's and the "Grandees" at Central Office and amongst the backbench members in the House of Commons.
The Prime Minister must be aware of the unsavory nature and background of this political gang that she is so keen to collude with, but of course the over riding motivation for her actions are, as was the case prior to the election, political self interests, this time to retain the remaining vestiges of power. There are many crucial objections to having any political arrangement with the DUP no matter how loose such such arrangements may be. Apart from their questionable past and their links with terrorist organisations during "the troubles", the DUP, there is the over riding consideration that the British governmenthas always held and promised a role of "honest broker" in the power sharing arrangements of the Nothern Ireland parliament. It would be a strange situation indeed if the "honest broker" was in bed with and reliant upon one of the parties to the power sharing agreement.
Apart from the curious to some, fact that the DUP refuse to work on Sundays (political realities do not stop at Saturday midnight for 24 hours), the DUP are historically opposed to same sex marriage, abortion, LGBT rights and other liberties which we in mainland UK consider to be the normal.
There are many areas where the DUP may extract a heavy price for their 10 votes, which would cause resentment among people in mainland UK, not least of all on the question of finance and investment. There have already been suggestions that the DUP would demand a significant increase of investment in Northern Ireland infrastructure and facilities in exchange for their support. The British people would not take kindly to seeing huge and expensive civil projects being commenced in Ulster, paid for and financed by austerity on the mainland. Finances earmarked or promised for Pensions, Benefits, N H S spending and Education exenditure being diverted and used in Northern Ireland to pander to the vanity of Theresa May and her desire to remain as Premiere of the country is an unacceptable price to pay.
Prime Minister May gambled her party's prospects and the country's future on a frolic of her own, driven by arrogance and vanity. She lost the gamble and should now take the advice of other Tory MP's, the press and sections of the public. Abandon this hazardous escapade with the DUP, accept the inevitable and resign now.