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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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How To Alienate Your Base

It was like watching a trusted mastiff suddenly turn  and bite its owner in the bum. Or a dead sheep being slowly turned on the spit. Totally unexpected, painful and yet hilarious. I’m referring, of course, to The View on TV the other night. The good knight Sir Jeffrey spend what seemed like years trying to […]

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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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Stop picking on Karen Bradley!

I never thought I’d type these words, or if by some awful mistake I did, I’d immediately chop off the fingers of my left hand and get a friend to chop off those on my right. What words? These: The British Secretary of State is being given an unnecessarily hard time. While I still have […]

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An open letter to Arlene

  Dear Arlene,   I hope this finds you well and that you’re not suffering excessively from the current  heat…Yes of course I’m talking about the weather. I have taken the liberty of writing to you because I’m fearful you may be about to set out on a path that can only end in disillusionment and […]

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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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Joe and the dumb nationalists in the north

When I was an impressionable teenager, I used to read Time magazine. It impressed me mightily: it could take some matter – any matter – and make what had been vague and fuzzy precise and sharp-edged. It wrote with clarity, it spoke with authority. Time was my bible. And then one week they did a […]

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Leo and Mary Lou: two new leaders

Normally when a political party replaces an ageing leader with a leader in his/prime, the expectation is that this will give the party a bounce. People will see the new leader the way we look on the first snow-drops or a tentative daffodil tip pushing clear of the soil: something new and fresh and maybe […]

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‘DUP have not moved on basic rights’ – Declan Kearney

Sinn Féin MLA and National Chairperson Declan Kearney said today that the DUP have not yet moved on the basic rights which collapsed the Executive. Declan Kearney said: “Discussions are continuing today and time is running short but the DUP have not yet moved on the basic rights issues which caused the collapse of the […]

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