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The DUP and the Tories: so different and yet so similar

 Some people believe the DUP and the Tories are not a natural fit: that Sammy Wilson is lacking in the kind of urbane manner that Tories naturally display,  and similarly that you could never find a P G Wodehouse figure like Jacob Rees-Moggs in the ranks of the DUP. Those are indeed stand-out differences. But […]

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Stephen Collins on the need not to be so beastly

Supposing a group of people decided they were going to wreck your conditions of living. They arranged so that you’d get a shrunken salary, that essentials would cost more, that you’d be forced  to swap your BMW for a bicycle. How would you feel about that group? Would you be distressed if one of your neighbours, […]

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Talking of Mrs May

Person 1 : I see Theresa May has taken to visiting different places at a dizzying rate. What’s all that about? Person 2: She’s hoping it will help her in the House of Commons vote on her Brexit agreement with the EU. Person 1: Then why’s she trotting round the UK?  Person 2: She is hoping […]

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The DUP: is all publicity good publicity?

If all publicity is good publicity, the DUP must be doing handstands in the halls of Westminster. There was a time not long ago that the great British public knew the name of one DUP politician – Ian Paisley – and that was it. Not so now. Last week’s Have I Got News For You […]

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The DUP and that old-time border

Does the DUP want a hard border? Most of us would rather not think about the answer, but it’s vital we do. Unfortunately, it seems the answer is Yes. And No.   Let’s start with No. Even the most economically illiterate DUPer knows that a hard border will make life on this island markedly more […]

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Noel Whelan tells Sinn Féin what to do

In his article in today’s Irish Times  (‘Sinn Féin must end abstentionism’) ( Noel Whelan shows that he’s not very good at counting MPs and even less versed in  policies north of the border. Whelan  rightly accepts that Sinn Féin cannot end their policy of Westminster abstentionism, since they were elected on an abstentionist mandate. But he urges […]

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