How does Theresa love us? Let us count the ways – Nolan this morning

I was on Nolan this morning (well, actually it was nice Vinny) with Newton Emerson and Basil McCrea, talking about the impact here of Theresa May’s sudden call to arms. The point that was raised: Doesn’t Theresa May care about the success or failure of the talks here?

A no-brainer, I think: she doesn’t. And she doesn’t give a fiddler’s duck because there are no votes for her here. So why has she called the general election? To gain more seats for the Tories. Since there are no seats for Tories here, she’d be politically mad to be concerned about us. Providing, of course, violence doesn’t break out. Other than that, we matter less than the stuff on the sole of the shoe of a WC cleaner.

Yes, of course she presents herself as the champion of the UK. She does that with Scotland in mind.  No good in annoying the lot north of the border – we might even win a couple of seats up there. And maybe Wales matters a little, although it’s a well-trained lapdog that comes to heel quite easily. As for us: we’re a vaguely awkward add-on, which she’d add-off without a backward glance if she could. And so would the population of England. It’d be fun to have a referendum on that one: do the English people want to keep NI in the UK or let it come to an accommodation with the south of Ireland?

The question of what-are-our-politicians-for?  came up in the discussion. The answer is, to govern us, or at least partially govern us. Both the DUP and Sinn Féin want to have devolved government. There are some notable mountains to climb before that can happen, not least the not-an-inchery of the DUP; but both want it. Examination of Sinn Féin’s policy over the last decade or two makes it clear it wants as much power on this side of the Irish Sea as possible. And far from shirking being in government, so they look better to the southern electorate: what Sinn Féin would like in the medium term at least is a successful Assembly, where they could show-case their ability to exercise power and convince enough in the southern electorate to let them do likewise there.


Anyway, here’s the link. The good stuff (coughs modestly) starts around 13 minutes in…

8 Responses to How does Theresa love us? Let us count the ways – Nolan this morning

  1. Colmán April 20, 2017 at 5:04 pm #

    Your accent is very Tír Eoghain Jude! Maith thú! Labhair tú go maith.

    • Jude Collins April 20, 2017 at 9:07 pm #

      I’ll take that as a compliment, Colmán. I’m usually told I’ve a Derry accent (6-year internment). I was still half-asleep when they rang me – voice much huskier than usual. I blamed it on the phone-line…

  2. ANOTHER JUDE April 21, 2017 at 6:43 am #

    You should be on the tv more often Jude, the voice of nationalist man in the street seems to be rather outnumbered by the voices of unionism.

    • Jude Collins April 21, 2017 at 10:57 am #

      Nice of you to say that, AJ – but I agree that nationalists/republicans hang back. I know any time I’m on with a unionist, the calls from unionists are hot and heavy, with only the occasional nationalist/republican voice. It can’t all be the BBC blocking people. In fact I don’t think it’s that at all – maybe natural reticence of an inferior people???

      • ANOTHER JUDE April 22, 2017 at 1:19 am #

        Don’t know Jude. Even on programmes like The View it is extremely rare to see a Republican giving his or her opinion. Chris Donnelly is quite good but I can’t think of many others. I think broadcasters think SF are a tiny fringe party rather than a main player. Old attitudes. Vinny this morning seemed genuinely surprised that the British PM didn’t give two figs for us. You made your point very well.

  3. Emmet April 21, 2017 at 8:50 am #

    So Jude when are you getting your own radio show?

    • Jude Collins April 21, 2017 at 10:58 am #

      When enough people like you, Emmet, write in to the BBC DEMANDING it…

      • Emmet April 21, 2017 at 11:16 am #

        Leave it with me…