Friday, 9 June 2017

Evening Standard: Theresa May’s Northern Irish bailout has a cost

Evening Standard: Theresa May’s Northern Irish bailout has a cost

editorial


"The 10 DUP MPs hold the balance of power in the Commons. They could offer Mrs May “confidence and supply” to keep her in power.

The “confidence” in her leadership is precisely what the British people failed to give her, and “supply” will mean London taxpayers sending yet more money to Northern Ireland. In this topsy-turvy world, decisions that affect London will be taken in Belfast. That is not a sustainable position; this paper will subject it to close scrutiny. How have we reached this sorry state of affairs?

The election made clear that the voters were not fans of Theresa May. Her authority is non-existent. She herself said: “If I lose just six seats, I will lose this election.” Team May lost twice that. As an unelected premier, she had every right to seek a mandate. But she failed to frame what the election was about. She made much of the fact that she didn’t play the “political games” of others but voters never believed her decision to call a snap election was anything other than a naked attempt to grab a landslide. They called her out."

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