@harriettmb @bullivant @irelandpolitics
Harriett, my choice would be Gavin Robinson as Deputy. Boot out Little Use of the Lagan Valley MLA seat, install him there.
Yes a by election is called but there is a very good chance the #DUP is losing East Belfast to Alliance at the #GE.
So he is in a good place to replace Donaldson when he calls it a day (that is closer than we all think)
Buckley is a prick, who will take them on the same path they are on now.
That is the problem for the #DUP, there never has been a natural successor to Paisley Sr. Those who have followed have had varying degrees of success - I think Peter Robinson was the best out of the leaders that followed. Less said about #LadyRHI the better.
The next leader has to be post Troubles. They need to move on from that mind set. NI is very different now and continues to change quicker than most of us realised.
Who that is? There's the rub! No one from
This coming from a party that always had coronations, the fact they are having a vote, says it all in my opinion.
The fact the senior #DUP members can't install who they want means there is issues.
The MLA'S can't too happy that they aren't getting paid fully while Jeff swans about Westminster untouched.
Just as a taking point - I wonder if Jeff's new tone on the talks is a sign he intends to send the #DUP into the assmebly, then announce he is standing down at the next election, so he won't face the humiliation of losing his MP seat to Alliance, having got his promise of his seat in the Lords. (Where Jeff's ego actually thinks he belongs)
Morning! So let's begin with my favourite topic...slabbering about the #DUP
Today, it is Deputy Leader vote that is interesting me.
It's between Buckley & Robinson.
First of all don't tell me that the party isn't split! It is and the fact that there is going to be a vote, tells you it is!
Buckley would suit the Jr/Sammy/Poots crew. He is in their image. Not great at widening their appeal.
Robinson is more 'moderate' for the #DUP which would could help with modernisation
#Sunak wouldn't have got this partnership if he hadn't agreed to the #WindsorFramework So that isn't going anywhere, much to Jeff's annoyance!
Sunak isn't going to threaten this new shiny reset with America!
So, Jeff & #DUP time to accept that Westminster has made their choice and it isn't you.
The time has come to nominate the Deputy First Minister & accept the result of last's May election!
Tick Tock Jeff!
Something is happening in the background which has got Jeff to move. I am not sure if that's something we in #NI should be worrying about.
This story with Jr & the leader of Kiss in my opinion is irrelevant to our politics. I think it is just an oddity - just like Jr himself.
Honestly, I think Jeff's movement on these talks is a reaction to the local election results. The #DUP have no clout in WM, they are no longer
Sinn Féin tells DUP to cancel holidays until Stormont restored
#DUP cannot "go off on their summer holidays" without ending the political crisis at Stormont, Sinn Féin's Conor Murphy has said
DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson called for unionists to be respected
How can anyone respect politicians elected to a democratic chamber who then refuse to take part in that chamber?
A question for both parties, given SF never take Westminster seats .... but they do not take the King's shilling either
DUP'll have too dress up in Charles 1 Knickerbockers & feathered hats before they can concede 1 inch.Lord Allerdyce pointing out Unionism at the ballot is declining...it is...#JimBlowpipeShannon disagreeing,& #ColonelBobStewart who was in court yesterday for & racially abusing sitting the next day on this committee!Arlene Foster mumbles "murders" at Allerdyce! Simon Hart should accept Britain treats NI with disdain & makes arbitrary decisions.Class merocratic bureaucracy doesnt work in NI!#DUP
Day Yow Pee? & Gun K ? (KK Paisley) Party...in Ulsterese or West Scotic- "Northern", "Shcotsh Névorr Névorr Wee!" #DUP
L’échec des accords de paix pour l’Irlande du Nord 25 ans après
Voici 25 ans, le 10 avril 1998 que, sous le parrainage de l’impérialisme américain, l’accord de Belfast a été signé par les chefs des gouvernements britannique (Tony Blair, Labour Party) et irlandais (Bertie Ahern,
#1998 #AccordDeBelfast #brexit #DUP #EtatsUnis #frontire #Irlande #runification #RoyaumeUni #SinnFein #UE
Yes, I think everyone pointing out to the #DUP that they need to change & adapt to survive, should just be quiet. Let them work away with the idea of talking to themselves as a way of saving them & attracting new voters.
I agree Sarah. They are heading towards political dustbin. They can't keep not getting their shrinking vote out at elections. Also, they are appealing to the younger voter either. Plus, their negativity is turning away the moderate & middle ground.
Men like Og will destroy the #DUP if they think they will gain power & votes, if they return to pre 1969 conditions.
I would say leave them too it!
Ian Og has never got over the fact that the party didn't give him leadership after his Dad stepped down. I think the #DUP know that Jr would be a disaster if he led the party. He would be a poor impression of his Dad with none of his popularity. Plus Jr won't give up the grift that is his MP seat. He will have to be voted out!
If Habib says it's over, then it's over. Which is good news for us. We don't need a man like Habib anywhere near us. Also, he is
@jacqui76 Even Habib says the party is over: Ian still in contact with the ERG ones and Banks associate. Ian wants Jeff’s job as party leader. He’ll make an even bigger mess of it than Jeff has imo. Could Ian be the one to destroy the #dup beyond recovery? He has enough millions and enough bad history to retire on. His brother Kyle is a million times the person he is.
It appears that Ian Og, #DUP MP for the Maldives & Sri Lanka* is issuing Jeff is orders again. Just like he did over the #WindsorFramework
We know exactly who runs the #DUP
(Here's a clue it's NOT the MP for Lagan Valley)
*also a part time MP for North Antrim - if the money is right!
'Ice age' before Stormont is restored says DUP's Ian Paisley https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/dup-mp-ian-paisley-says-27033333
@JohnLoader6 @bullivant @JohanEmpa @Indyposterboy @djm_black
By the St Andrews Agreement - which changed elements of the Good Friday Agreement.
I think Stormont can have a vote to change the Good Friday Agreement but I think it is law once Westminster agrees.
If it was the responsibility of Stormont, then the #DUP would have changed all the aspects of the GFA they don't like - starting with the 50+1 for Border Poll to be won by!
@JohnLoader6 @bullivant @JohanEmpa @Indyposterboy @djm_black
Direct Rule from Westminster only isn't popular. I think that is what the #DUP want. After the outcome of the last two elections & the census results - that isn't going t happen. SF & Irish Government will not accept that.
So the Unionists need to be careful what they wish for. It will be Direct Rule with an Irish touch.
@JohnLoader6 @bullivant @JohanEmpa @Indyposterboy @djm_black
Sorting our end out - that really should be the #DUP should sort themselves out. The four other parties are ready to form a government.
If the #DUP don't get their act together - then it is time for Chris Heaton Harris to step in. He can't avoid the hard decisions any longer! He has the power to get things going again. #NI spoke again at local elections - we made it clear what we want to happen. Time for the British to listen.
@JohnLoader6 @bullivant @JohanEmpa @Indyposterboy @djm_black
The Windsor Framework doesn't need renegotiated in relation to Northern Ireland. We need the British to implement it fully & tell the #DUP to get on board or get out of the way.
My take on an independent EU Scotland - they would implement the current Trade & Cooperation agreement that Britain has with the EU which contains the Windsor Framework - that allows trade to happen between EU Scotland & NI while it remains of the #UK union.
@nickbwalking Lord Alderdice is not wrong. Meanwhile Ian Paisley DUP MP has been busy reinforcing the DUP obduracy, refusal and disengagement. No Stormont until DUP their seven tests satisfied. It’s time the government moved on without the DUP and went to Joint Authority with the Irish Government, as per the GFA. People here in NI have no budget for education, infrastructure, hospitals, health etc, because of #dup holding NI hostage. #NIPolitics
For the purposes of the #DUP,what freqiency will these home service broadcasts be on? #ToriesOut
@BrilleBhrealla Many of us would love dual-language signage here in NI. But there is consistent and determined opposition from some parts of the Unionist community. A dual language sign recently in Tobermore/Am Tobar Mór caused outrage and was destroyed very quickly. There is, sadly, an unhinged hatred for Irish language and culture here. We only recently had Irish Language Act passed in Westminster. Couldn’t be done here because #dup are keeping Stormont down.
@essjay @KarenawokeKaren You get a sense of the bleakness we live with here in Northern Ireland then. We have brilliant opportunities but one party is determined to destroy that rather than share with over half our population. The #dup are refusing Stormont because they don’t like the Protocol / Windsor Framework. But our electorate are voting for change. At least we have PR rather that FPTP which should be banned. Greens & LibDems for #TacticalVoting I think.
If the #DUP had supported her as the conditions for bribe she gave them laid out...then she could have continued. Her Withdrawal Agreement was far superior to Johnson. But no the #DUP like all his wives & mistresses fell for his nonsense.
And like they say...the rest is history!
That says all you need to know about him.
I seen that from Steve Bray - Paisley didn't look that comfortable being spotted.
Maybe his constituency should think on that when he asks for his vote next?
He offers men like that nothing so he really is their useful idiot. Plus the #DUP know that but don't have the balls to get rid of him. So he continues to drag them down
I really don't care if this offends those who voted #leave
You didn't stop to pay one bit of attention to my neck of the woods - #NorthernIreland Not once did you stop to take into consideration our delicately balanced peace agreement.
Now look at the 💩 show our politics has become because all that followed & stupidity of the #DUP backing the #tories
So I don't care one bit about your regrets! You should suffer all the hardships the consequences of that vote brought about.
Of course, sorry, I'd forgotten that not having the NI Assembly means that NI Health is temporarily not devolved 🤦
The #DUP is indeed insane 😖
@TCMuffin @augieray We have no local governance in Northern Ireland thanks to the DUP, who refuse to let Stormont operate. Thus no budgets can be planned, no decisions made, nothing. We have no local ministers because of the #DUP insane idea that they can collapse the Protocol/ Westminster Framework/EU/USA/UK agreements. #NIpolitics
Exactly! Making her Deputy First Minister would really pi** the voters off!
She would be awful DFM. She has all the warmth of an iceberg!
She doesn't deserve to be there!
Get Emma out of that #DUP MLA seat.
My heart sinks as I put on last night's #bbctheview and see #Littleuse sitting with a face like a #Lurganspade
She is such a woeful speaker, useless & unwanted politician.
She really needs to be booted out of that #DUP MLA seat.
#getbacktowork you lazy gi*s!
The #DUP and the #Tories should be deeply ashamed about the part they've played in the degradation of the capacity of the #NHS in #NorthernIreland as reflected in the backlogs and waiting times. 46 feckin weeks for URGENT OPHTHALMOLOGY cases - 125 weeks for routine.
If our precious Union can’t deliver adequate health care people like me who don't have a foot in either camp will I think be asking some tough questions if and when that border poll comes to pass.
@fuchsiii also you propably should consider using at least #DUP, #RAID6 / #ZRAID2 or #mdraid10 (in redundant striping configuration)...
Or a file-based (de)duplication approach as well as a database similar to #LTFS indexes and #TapeLibraries do.
Go on Harriett, you watch it and then let me know if it is worth watching Carla get annoyed. That we are misinterpreting the #DUP position as selling out their #Unionist principles for the largest cheque available! 💰
I will hold off on my final judgement on CHH, I will judge him on whether he can face down the #DUP now the elections are over.
Baker - I am not convinced by him at all. Talk is cheap, it's actions that mean more when it comes to this part of the world.
I agree about SC - statesman to his finger tips & the patience of a saint. He looked after the #North in my opinion.
When #DUP talk of #Unionist unity, they mean that all other's should go away & let them have a free run at the electorate.
They don't care about anyone else even businesses at this stage. They only care about the survival of themselves and then the party.
They deserve every moment of pain that they are experiencing. After everything they have put us through.
Her face spoke for all of us - while he spoke undiluted bigotry. Mary Lou shouldn't run as many candidates, so Unionism has a chance & doesn't upset community relations.
While the #DUP & #UUP were controlling this place - did they worry about cross community relations???
Time they faced the new reality they face!
Excellent article Harriet. Sarah is always spot in with her assessment.
The mess the #DUP finds themselves in is down to Foster and her aggorance. She takes the blame for the majority of this mess. The only thing being leader held her back from showing us - how deeply unpleasant and bigoted, she truly was!
Beattie is being held back by listening to Jim & 🚮 who have bigger mouths than they do a platform.
This is on all of them....they have to deal with it!
I think the world ignoring the #DUP & 🚮 would make it a far better place!
Listening to Jim & Jamie has led Jeff from being the biggest party to the leader of the second biggest party. So if he wants to continue along that path - then let them work away.
Plus if he thinks that this #British Government will give him what he wants after #WindsorFramework vote. Then he must be looking forward to the bridge that #Johnson promised him.
Jeff's current stance on the #DUP & their #Stormont boycott - 'show me the money'
There is nothing honourable about him. He is really is an #odious little man.
He is tainting all of us in #NI that we are all money grabbing, ranting and raving, flag waving idiots.
No wonder the opinion of #NI is so bad, when he is all that they see on their television.
@jacqui76 CHH told them straight up yesterday, that there won’t be any monies until and unless everyone is back in Stormont first, and shown to be willing to work. But let Jeff roll on in his arrogance - he’s bringing a Border Poll and UI closer every single day. #NIPolitics #children #dup
Look at the article in the corner of the #Beltel! #Jeff is once again got the begging bowl out. To get his #lazy #workshy MLA'S back into work (which they are getting paid for)
So a man who is already pi**ing the #English people off with his aggorance & stubbornness. He is now demanding more money after they got £1 billion for propping up this shower - where did it go? #NI never seen it!
Once again the #DUP - if you can be bought, you can be sold!
@JohnLoader6 @bioluminescently @harriettmb
They certainly can, I think they will but look at what happened to their position at the Assembly last May, then look at where they find themselves this week after our local elections? Thanks to Jeff's not so cunning plan!
What do you think happens to the #DUP at the General Election if they continue this nonsense? He isn't appealing to the Unionist voters on local issues to make them want to vote. Why do think it will be any different come a GE?
The #TUV have been finally exposed as a one man band - admittedly one with a very big mouth & too much exposure for his size. Jim failed to deliver last May & now last Thursday. The TUV are done now. Time Jim called it a day!
The #Alliance are our opposition now. They have to stick to their guns & call out the #DUP & #SF
The big two (one is bigger than the other if we are being honest) need to held accountable.
I would have agreed with that if the results had of been closer on Fri/Sat. However the scale of SF victory and how far the #DUP are behind. Is the wake up call they need.
They need to start looking at themselves through an honest lens or else they won't survive - Mike was the first to acknowledge this!
First of all Jeff, Jim, Doug, Mike and the rest - need to be honest with themselves and then the voters - Unionism isn't growing it's voting base, they don't have a positive message and the biggest problem - what if they can't form a party to compete with #sinnfein
Despite them trying to make #SF & Michelle the bogeyman - people aren't frightened of SF anymore! No matter how much Ben howls at the moon & 🚮 squeals about 200,000 voters voting for the #DUP & #TUV!
I think the #DUP are selling it as a win because they have seen of the challenge from #UUP & #TUV. They are clearly relieved that they are still the biggest Unionist party. The small matter of their shrinking vote share and the fact they didn't gain any seats is something they are glossing over.
They can't even begin to address core problems that #Unionism face. It's vote is shrinking, they can't even convince the voters they have to vote to come out and vote for them
As usual after another #NI election which saw #Unionism not get their vote out. (Why isn't Jeff appealing to the Unionist voter?) Plus the #DUP taking more votes from a smaller shrinking pool.
Unionism decides that their attempts to fix their problems is to talk to themselves! Not getting out there & talking to the people who stayed at home! #NIpolitics
I hope he isn't ill again. You wouldn't wish that on anyone!
Poots after all was the one who nominated a FM against the wishes of the party. I think he was definitely more aware of the importance of the Stormont to the #DUP
Jeff has to get out of the corner he has been painted into by #Jim (who is a weakening force) & the idiot 🚮
#SinnFéin no pierde tiempo para pedir una restauración del Gobierno autónomo tras una contundente victoria en las municipales en #Irlanda del Norte.
El #DUP sigue dando largas, pero se ha quedado sin excusas para no bajarse del monte: nada indica que vaya a volver a ser primera fuerza si hay nuevas elecciones y los ultras del TUV han sido contenidos.
Pero los unionistas no necesitan sardinas para beber agua: solo Londres puede dar la bofetada en la mesa necesaria
The DUP is making everyone else look reasonable with their refusal to recognise democracy.
The UUP are trying to make themselves different to the #DUP but they have the traditional voter to think of as well. Which is turning off new & moderate voters. They are struggling to find a place in NI politics.
That is the question - #DUP are saying the need changes to Windsor Framework for that to happen. Which is basically code for give us some money & fig leaf that we can sell to our voters as a win! DUP need a ladder!
They are saying the autumn for restoration but Sinn Féin will not stand of that after the elections. If they drag this out any further then I would say the next kicking the DUP get will be at the General Election!
#Sinn Fein won big time - they got 144 seats, increase of 39 seats on 2019. Also it surpasses the DUP'S biggest seat count of 130. There is only one council in NI that doesn't have a SF representative. Vote share up 8%
#DUP basically ran to stand still they came back with exactly the same seats they went into the election with - 122 Yes they are the biggest Unionist party but they were left behind by Sinn Fein. Vote share down 0.8% They are spinning it as a good result.
I think they might start listening as they are facing a reinforced Sinn Féin in NI and possibly the first Sinn Fein Taoiseach. So things might be about to get interesting.
#NI isn't that polarized - one particular political party is holding us all to ransom because of their stupidity in backing #Brexit
We wish the British Government would finally find their 🏐 and tell the #DUP to get back to work or get out of the way!
It was stand alone local election which seen an increase in voter turnout. So Northern Ireland is sending a message, It is time that #DUP & #British Government started listening.
That is question that all of #Unionism needs to start asking and answering. The message they are sending isn't appealing to their core voters. Never mind anyone else!
They need to change and quickly or else they will continue to decline!
So, according to the BBC, an increase of 7.7% in vote share for SF and a decline in the vote share for both the DUP and UUP leaves Donaldson "...with a renewed mandate to seek the changes he needs to the Windsor Framework before returning to Stormont."
Really? The BBC has become the mouthpiece for the DUP.
Sinn Fein wird stärkste Kraft in Kommunalwahl in Nordirland | DW | 21.05.2023
Now #SinnFein has topped another poll, made history again in #LE23
A not so gentle reminder....#NI doesn't need the hot takes from the likes of #Sky #BBC or another English media outlets about what our vote means. We know exactly what it means, why we voted the way we did and what we want to happen.
Yes, #DUP are the largest Unionist party but Sinn Fein are biggest party in #NI - by 20 seats in local government!
Time to start paying some attention to other people....
#Elezioni #RegnoUnito #Locali #NordIrlanda
Nazionalisti (#SF-#SDLP-#Aontú): 192
Unionisti (#DUP-#UUP-#TUV-#PUP): 191
Non settari (#APNI-#GreensNI-#PBP): 80
#Elezioni #RegnoUnito #Locali #NordIrlanda
#SF|LEFT: 144 seggi (+39)
#DUP|Destra unionista: 122
#APNI|RE: 67 (+14)
#UUP|ECR: 54 (-21)
#SDLP|S&D: 39 (-20)
Indipendenti: 19 (-5)
#TUV|Destra unionista: 9 (+3)
#GreensNI|G/EFA: 5 (-3)
#PBP|LEFT: 2 (-3)
#PUP|Sinistra unionista: 1 (-2)
#Aontú|Nazionalisti conservatori: 0 (-1)
#CCLA|Sinistra: 0 (-1)
Wee Jeffrey leads Wee DUP Dimwits to be even Weeer as Sinners take centre stage. Maith a bhuchaill Wee Jeff.
Do the #DUP have another dummy to spit out..?
#LE23 local elections counting still far from complete in #NorthernIreland but evident there is a large swing to SF and a more modest one to Alliance, with Unionism in retreat in most places - not great news for Donaldson, the #DUP and their continuing Stormont boycott https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-65655547
Also small comment to #DUP, it would also help that when asking someone to vote for you & when that response is negative. You don't reply with a childish & snarky comment when the person's back is turned! Doesn't help your already tarnished image!
This is election belongs to #SinnFein!
#Unionism asks WHY? Could it be #Jeff? For denying Michelle her rightful place? - The First Minister's seat!
Maybe it is time to think that #Jeff, #Jim and 🚮 isn't the future! #LE232
As wee Jeff ( 😭 ) comes on TV
today - talking about being biggest party of #Unionism, which is correct.
But remember that the Unionism (#UUP & #DUP) were once the biggest parties throughout NI history. The #UUP once dominated #Belfast City Council - which now has #Sinn Fein has it's largest party.
#Doug & #Jeff are talking about the #future of Unionism, getting their people out to vote. It would help if they offered them a vision of the #future that didn't look like #NI pre
#votetillyaboke is the way to go in #NI tomorrow! It is simple as that! (No votes for the #DUP)
@tosbourn We have Proportional Representation here. We vote down the list as far as we can #VoteTilYouBoke Am expecting SF to gain more seats and APNI to make a strong showing with more seats against #dup The DUP will probably be second and may lose a few. They are not fielding as many candidates to conceal this drop in popularity. TUV might gain a few. They only hurt the DUP though.
Maybe leave the copy of the #DailyMail down, talk to some real people, stop reading nonsense being thrown at you by the people who lying to you for their own gain.
Offended yet Mary? You all aren't like the Tories & #NonDom Billionaires that run England
Well shock horror #NI people aren't all flag waving furlock tugging members of the #DUP desperate to stay part of the UK union.
Many of us would like you to leave our island for good, so we can start to repair the damage done by your border!
Here's Mary - announcing thay she is sick of us in #NI - flag waving etc. So she making assumptions about all of us here based on what she sees of the #DUP.
Well Mary in Nottingham - let me return the favour based on what we see of you - that everyone in England is a #Tory who will lie and cheat their way to the top, to feather their own nest with touch of racism and xenophobia thrown in!
They made it clear that they want you to transfer to other unionist candidates - to maximise the vote.
Makes a change from #Jeff saying that other #unionist parties are stealing the #DUP vote. They only want unionist unity as long as they are top dogs.
The #DUP will try the same tactics with the councils. However is it not harder to keep a council down when they don't have the majority? As long as other parties can get a quorum then the meeting goes ahead, is my understanding.
So Jeff asking for a mandate to keep the assembly down, while #NI struggles is unforgivable. He is looking for another election result that justifies his refusal to share power when an Irish Republican is in the big chair.
The #DUP need to have a message sent - get back to work or get out of the way! #NIpolitics #localelections
In #UKGeneralElection2017 the #Conservatives won a dozen seats in #Scotland in addition to the just one they had held in 2015. This was enough - just - to enable #TheresaMay to stay in office by an arrangement with the #DUP.
So if #labour were to take an extra twenty seats in #scotland it could be enough to offset #VoterSuppression and enable a majority government.
@JohnLoader6 @harriettmb @OrangeMenace
Especially in Ireland to #FF & #FG. Thanks to the #DUP, in the North, they are being seen as the reasonable ones.
As usual, looking in on this from the outside it is hard to understand how Ireland has changed.
There is very little violence on this island compared to the past. We are welcoming tourists from all over the world. You should join them. You may get a pleasant surprise
Belfast Telegraph: "Irish language to be used during coronation of King Charles"
Well that's going to impress the DUP, not. Gaeilge being used in the coronation of a king to which they pledge undying fealty does somewhat undermine the DUP opposition to Irish language legislation.
@fkamiah17 which Unionist leader said this? I heard media trailing it yesterday. It buys the #dup another four months of doing nothing, and they could still refuse to go into Stormont in September. They will use the time to whip up anger at the 12th parades and all those feeder events. Pure sectarian bigotry. No money for hospitals, education, meals for kids etc. shameless and shameful abdication of responsibility: but they get paid, so don’t care. 🤬 #NIpolitics #dup
@jacqui76 Neither Patel or anyone in the arrogant colonial Tory party ever considered that Ireland had options and used them. Setting up direct sailing links from Dublin, Wexford, Waterford, Cork was brilliant. Tories assumed products would continue to travel by lorry via Holyhead, Larne, Belfast; and so they thought they could hold us hostage. The #DUP are still trying to do this, and won’t win.
I’ve heard both Donaldson & Allister use the term ‘colonial’ for the EU. #NIPolitics
It is clear for all to see that #DUP have nowhere else to go, other than back into #Stormont. They have no sway or power anywhere else.
They have no international friends coming to their aid or to support their cause.
Ian Jr is right when he says - you need to be careful what you wish for. The longer Stormont is closed, the more the people of #Northern Ireland will demand it is reformed to by-pass them. What happens to the #DUP then? If they are removed from the process?
OPINION: As world leaders meet in Belfast, it’s clear the DUP is running out of road.
"The longer the DUP sit out of Northern Ireland’s power-sharing institutions, the more likely it is that the rules will simply be amended to allow the government to function without them."
#Belfast #Ireland #USA #UK #EU #NorthernIreland #Peace #GoodFridayAgreement #Clinton #DUP #Unionism
@alanferrier It’s absolutely dreadful, and very undemocratic. Scotland voted by almost 70% IIRC to remain in the EU.
N Ireland voted by 57% to remain. The only reason NI got the Protocol/WF deal is because it’s shares a long and winding land border with the EU.
Something similar to the Protocol has been arranged for Gibraltar and they have no issues at all. People and good moving without issue. NI has the #DUP who wanted #Brexit, and aren’t happy with anything ever. #NIpolitics
‘Feels like home’: Biden on nostalgia tour of Ireland https://www.euractiv.com/section/uk-europe/news/feels-like-home-biden-on-nostalgia-tour-of-ireland/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=mastodon #DUP #GoodFridayAgreement #JoeBiden #NorthernIreland #UnitedStates
Biden heads to Northern Ireland at delicate political juncture https://www.euractiv.com/section/uk-europe/news/biden-heads-to-northern-ireland-at-delicate-political-juncture/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=mastodon #DUP #GoodFridayAgreement #Ireland #JoeBiden #LeoVaradkar
@fkamiah17 I’m absolutely disgusted by it. She and her party, the #DUP have consistently thwarted any aspect of the #GFA. The DUP blogger cheered #Brexit and the DUP voted for it as a means to destroy the GFA. 🤬
@Cbfoley @nonsequitur My house panels don’t. It goes into the grid, so for ten years I get a fixed payment plus a value for what’s generated. After ten years I only get the value for what is generated and it’s a poor one. In NI these are called ROCs payments, done through #RHI it was the big business, the #DUP via Arlene Foster that found and used the loophole. It didn’t apply to serfs like me. Journalist Sam McBride wrote a book ‘Burned’ about it. Well worth getting a copy if you can.
Architects of Northern Ireland peace see hope beyond Brexit deadlock https://www.euractiv.com/section/uk-europe/news/architects-of-northern-ireland-peace-see-hope-beyond-brexit-deadlock/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=mastodon #Brexit #DUP #GoodFridayAgreement #Irishborder #RishiSunak
@bullivant Oh my; This is the best and funniest thing I’ve read in a while. The 🔥! Isolation and alienation of the #DUP is pretty complete. I so well remember the ease and comfortable body language between Charles and Michelle O’Neill in the footage from Hillsborough a few months ago; while Donaldson bowed and scraped when it was his turn. #NIpolitics #DUP #Coronation
Jeffrey Donaldson of the DUP is NOT invited to Brian's coronation. Michelle O'Neill of Sinn Féin IS invited. Let that sink in. 😂😂😂
#Ireland #NorthernIreland #SinnFéin #DUP #MichelleO'Neill #JeffreyDonaldson
@sinabhfuil It’s good to see the #DUP bluff finally being called. WM has had enough. NI People are in the main completely fed up with them. I think Ireland, the EU, the USA and everyone else are bored with their constant negativity.
With flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak…
#DUP #Protocol #WindsorFramework
@fkamiah17 N. I have not looked for it. I’m listening to #Talkback. Mark Carruthers has just moved on from ERG/DUP to Johnsons submission. Do you have a link? I think there’s enough votes between #Tories and #Labour and others in HoC tomorrow; that might be the start of neutering the #DUP sense of self-importance.
Some idiot forgot their latest £1.2bn bung, ffs...👇
#uk #ukpolitics #DUP #Windsor #Ireland
Sky News: DUP to vote against key part of Windsor Framework
Everyone knows the #DUP hate democracy, but they're not supposed to say that bit out loud.
#DUP (UK unionist party) hardens its line against the negotiated revision of the N #Ireland protocol and associated EU/UK trade deal. Until such time as the DUP agrees, N #Ireland is without a local executive. https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/northern-irelands-dup-says-legislation-needed-fix-brexit-deal-2023-03-14/
Jim McAllister says even if the new EU/UK deal is a satisfactory one the DUP should not re-enter Stormont under a Sinn Fein First Minister
#DUP #LegalRequirements #Protocol
Its necessity for Irish security & economic stability
How British politicians, led by then-PM #BorisJohnson, spent 3+ years trying to sabotage it
Prospects that UK PM #Sunak can get approval despite #DUP/hard Brexiteers
Can I hear the sound of #DUP heads exploding?
As #RishiSunakPM tries to conclude the negotiations around the #NorthernIrelandProtocol, we can expect the #eurospecpitc right (inc. the #DUP) to attack him (they've already started)!
The central Q. is: is he strong enough in his position to face them down?
if not, we can expect further troubles both from the #EuropeanUnion & from across the Atlantic where #JoeBiden has made his position pretty clear on the NIP's relation to the peace in #Ireland...
So, Rishi, how's your backbone?
A helpful analysis of the DUP's position on the NI Protocol: