Theresa May turns to N Irish bigots to keep her in power

Theresa May turns to N Irish bigots to keep her in power June 9, 2017

A clot of homophobes, climate change deniers and creationists – collectively known as the Democratic Unionist Party – have been asked to form an alliance that will keep Theresa May’s Conservative Party in power.
According to The Independent, Tory officials took part in “extensive talks” with Northern Ireland’s largest unionist political party overnight but that “the deal could come at a high price” after May failed to get a majority in yesterday’s General Election.

It pointed out that DUP, which has a strong evangelical following, has regularly courted controversy in its near 50-year history for its bigotry.

For example, Ian Paisley Jr, above, son of the party’s founder Ian Paisley, has previously called homosexuality “immoral, offensive and obnoxious” and said he was “repulsed” by gays and lesbians.
The party once championed a campaign called “Save Ulster from Sodomy”.
Former DUP Health Minister Jim Wells told a South Down hustings in 2015:

The gay lobby is insatiable, they don’t know when enough is enough.

He also said children who were raised in a homosexual relationship were more likely to be abused or neglected. He later apologised for the comments.
He was forced to resign shortly after.
DUP politician Trevor Clarke last year said he thought only gay people could contract aids and HIV.
The party staunchly opposes same-sex marriage, believing in what they call the “traditional” definition of the union, and has vetoed several attempts to pass new legislation.
In 2008, Iris Robinson, DUP MP and wife of Norrthern Ireland’s First Minister, launched a bitter attack on homosexuality and said government:

Has the responsibility to uphold the laws of God.

Less than two years later her career was in ruins after her extra-marital affair with an 19-year-old and her bid to borrow money for him from property developers was exposed.

Speaking of the pro-marriage equality movement, party leader Arlene Foster, above, said in 2016:

They are not going to influence me by sending me abuse – in fact, they are going to send me in the opposite direction and people need to reflect on that.

She added:

I could not care less what people get up to in terms of their sexuality, that’s not a matter for me – when it becomes a matter for me is when people try to redefine marriage.

The DUP has also long opposed abortion and any attempts to liberalise the law. Foster last year vowed to prevent terminations being made available in Northern Ireland.

I would not want abortion to be as freely available here as it is in England and don’t support the extension of the 1967 act.

The party once appointed climate change denier Sammy Wilson as its Environment Minister. Wilson said it was a “con” to suggest humans had changed weather patterns.
He also said in 2014: “We are already paying through the nose for electricity because we go down the route of the dearest electricity possible through renewable energy” and are “putting our agricultural industry in jeopardy because there is no greater producer of greenhouse gases than cows.”
The party counts a number of creationists among its senior members.

DUP assembly member for West Tyrone, Thomas Buchanan, pictured above with Foster, last year endorsed an event called “Reaching Children in an Evolutionised World”, which was organised to promote the teaching of creationism “in every school”.
The event included presenting “the biblical case for the sound teaching of children” that will “offer helpful practical advice on how to counter evolutionary teaching”.
Buchanan said:

I’m someone who believes in creationism and that the world was spoken into existence in six days by His power. I commend those behind this event for bringing forward a programme of reaching out to children who have been corrupted by the teaching of evolution.

He added:

I long to see the day when every school in Northern Ireland will stand up and teach creationism, and turn away from the peddled lie that is evolution.

DUP politician Edwin Poots has expressed his views that the planet is a “young earth” created just 4,000 years ago. He told the Radio Times.

You’re telling me that cosmic balls of dust gathered and there was an explosion. We’ve had lots of explosions in Northern Ireland and I’ve never seen anything come out of that that was good.

With regard to the UK’s leaving the EU, the party want to avoid a hard border with Ireland and has spoken against a “hard Brexit”.
Foster said:

No-one wants to see a ‘hard’ Brexit, what we want to see is a workable plan to leave the European Union, and that’s what the national vote was about – therefore we need to get on with that. However, we need to do it in a way that respects the specific circumstances of Northern Ireland, and, of course, our shared history and geography with the Republic of Ireland.

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  • barriejohn

    Barry: To be fair to these honest and sincere people, they do not believe that the world was created 4,000 years ago, as is so often alleged, as that would be plainly ridiculous. No, they believe that it was “spoken into existence” on the evening of the 22nd October 4,004 BCE (6,000 years ago). Here is their evidence, just to set the record straight:

  • Paul

    Are they pleased they tried to save Ulster from Sodomy.
    Phew! That was lucky. All those repulsive gay people. Hallelujah! Etc.
    I suppose that after smashing sodom aka Ulster and sorting out those pesky gays they had a bit of a get together and managed to shag each other’s daughters fathers and close relatives as genesis 19 so guides them…..
    “35 And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.
    36 Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.
    37 And the first born bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day.
    38 And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Benammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.”

  • Paul

    Looks like Tat May has a string of eye balls adorning her neck.

  • Angela_K

    The DUP make the BNP look left wing. I hope this toadying with the DUP doesn’t mean a lurch to the far-right and more religious interference in politics.

  • EA Miller

    Sadly, it sounds like May is taking the ‘Donald Trump route’ to power. Promise religious fundamentalists (quite insincerely) you’re on their side to gain enough support to steal an election!
    Pope Leo X was spot on when he said:
    “It has served us well, this myth of Christ.”

  • Michael Fisher

    @EA Miller
    Are Free Thinkers obliged to be critical thinkers too? The words you’ve attributed to Pope Leo X were put in the Pope’s mouth by John Bale in his satirical work, The Pageant of Popes: “For on a time when a Cardinall Bembus did move a question out of the Gospell, the Pope gave him a very contemptuous answer saying: ‘All ages can testifie enough howe profitable that fable of Christe hath ben to us and our companie”

  • Bart

    Mrs May has screwed up big time. Her poor judgement led her to call an un-needed General Election. Had she and her cotterie of stooges made a proper risk assessment then they would have realised the danger. Her mistake may have been forgivable had she not, out of pure desperation, sought alliance with the DUP bigots, who must now really think that god is on their side. Some shrewd observer said today that there will soon be a glut of shiny new hospitals schools and infrastructure built in Northern Ireland on the back of money blackmailed from the “May Government”. And another said that May has dangerously broken the Cabinet impartiality that is essential to keep the bickering factions in NI from each others throats. Its all going to kick off in NI again in a matter of weeks.
    Now here is a question that needs an answer. Why is it that there is not one politician that I can trust. And by trust I mean two things. Trust to do the right thing based upon sound rational analysis. And trust in terms of being honest and honourable in deed rather than appelation. Isn’t the term “Honourable Member” just about the most self contradictatory term. If there such a politician, capable and honest, I can’t think who it is. There must be one lurking somewhere in Westminster … right?
    May has to go but who is there to take over the mess. Andrea Ledsom was a contender for the job but she is an inexperienced lightweight and a rather earnest christian too.

  • RussellW

    Another ‘own goal’ by a Conservative PM, they seem to have a talent for it. The DUP has the Conservatives by the short and curlies, it will be an even bigger circus than Brexit.

  • Graham Martin-Royle

    May will be out by the end of the year, the tory party doesn’t tolerate losers and she is the biggest loser of them all. Trouble is, who takes over? Bojo, Davis, Ledsome, they’re all equally horrible.
    The situation re; NI is also horrible. The DUP urged an out vote, NI as a whole voted in. SF don’t want to leave neither do they want border controls but if a hard brexit is the outcome then border controls it is. This stupid, unnecessary election, called basically to get the tories united, has caused all sorts of problems that will take a lot of sorting out.
    Thanks tory party, for putting party before country yet again.

  • Brian Jordan

    Let’s not forget that Corbyn and his cronies have flirted with some organisations that would support the throwing gays of high buildings and the stoning of women. Not to mention the obliteration of a whole country.

  • cnocspeireag

    Not mine unfortunately, but a letter in today’s paper described May’s look in the photo as ‘Voldemort in drag’.

  • barriejohn

    I always see Cruella de Vil in May myself:
    There’s talk of the Scottish Conservatives breaking away, and, despite denials, I’d say that there’s no smoke without fire there. And, despite all the euphoria, Jeremy Corbyn did NOT win the election!

  • andym

    “Let’s not forget that Corbyn and his cronies have flirted with some organisations that would support the throwing gays of high buildings and the stoning of women.”
    Bit more than flirted. Corbyn was taking money for appearing on Iranian TV long after it became public knowledge they were executing gays.
    A DUP supporter on the radio this morning called for an end to “Christian persecution” within 30 seconds. Of course there were no examples or a definition of persecution.
    A plague on both your houses.

  • barriejohn

    I would say that if one good thing comes out of all this it is that more people will be made aware of the situation in Northern Ireland. I guarantee that most Britons just assume that as NI is part of the UK, with a government at Westminster, the same laws apply there as apply in England. The Mirror has a delightful front page to this effect today:

  • barriejohn

    The BBC is also giving people the opportunity to acquaint themselves more fully with these “crackpots”:
    Mr [Sammy] Wilson said politicians feel under pressure from lobby groups and “go along with the flow”.
    “I don’t care about CO2 emissions to be quite truthful because I don’t think it’s all that important,” he was quoted as saying.

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  • EA Miller

    Hi Michael,
    Would you like to dispute this quote as well?
    “Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.” Napoleon Bonaparte

  • Stephen Mynett

    “There’s talk of the Scottish Conservatives breaking away, and, despite denials, I’d say that there’s no smoke without fire there.”
    Barriejohn, there have been murmurs for some while about a breakaway by the Scottish Tories, albeit only quiet and local ones until now. Their leader Ruth Davidson has certainly been put in an interesting position having to work alongside an openly homophobic DUP.

  • John

    When climate change denier Sammy Wilson as Environment Minister said it was a “con” to suggest humans had changed weather patterns and also said in 2014 “We are already paying through the nose for electricity because we go down the route of the dearest electricity possible through renewable energy” did he have the hare-brained scheme introduced by his own party leader in mind?
    See for further details.

  • Laura Roberts

    Just as an aside, how clueless does one have to be to approve an acronym like DUP? As a Facebook meme notes, surely the coalition will send to Brussels a group called the Conservative Unionist Negotiating Team…
    Reminds me of when Tea Party advocates referred to themselves as “Tea Baggers”…

  • Michael Fisher

    @EA Miller re Napoleon I quote: What is your own opinion on the matter? The earliest reference I can find [from a very quick search] is Robert Byrne, 1988 who compiled quotes, often without a stated source.
    Boney understood the importance of manipulating the RCC & the RCC understood that too [in the other direction] – so that quote is certainly in character, BUT the trouble with old foreign language quotes, rendered into English, is they get heavily, repeatedly paraphrased over time. I bet 80% of his quotes are untrue or heavily distorted once freed of context in an earlier rendition.
    There are many memoirs of Napoleon I written by his entourage in exile, his friends, his enemies, his admirers, but most of it is probably romantic nonsense written down years after the fact. Rather like the Bible.
    So my answer is “I don’t know, but it is a valueless quote anyway, because Napoleon nearly always had a political/military context for his statements & I don’t know what that is in this case”

  • barriejohn

    Laura: I know what DP stands for, but I had no idea that DUP had another meaning! I remember that there were belly laughs all round when reports came in about MILF rebels (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) in the Philippines, of all places, laying down their arms a couple of years ago: