DUP deal is bla­tant bung

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reformer View -

Dear edi­tor Some com­ment to the Theresa May/Demo­cratic Union­ist Party deal of £1 bil­lion.

Put aside the for and against opin­ions of the Bar­nett For­mula and Tory spin, let’s look at the deal’s real in­ten­tion.

The pur­pose of this £1bn deal is not to lessen the ef­fect of Tory aus­ter­ity on the de­volved na­tions, in this in­stance, North­ern Ire­land. If it was then Wales and Scot­land would re­ceive money also.

It is a bla­tant bribe or bung, it can­not be viewed as any­thing else. Us­ing tax­pay­ers money to en­list the sup­port of 10 MPs from a de­volved area to cre­ate a slim ma­jor­ity for a Tory gov­ern­ment to re­tain power.

I’m not usu­ally given to mak­ing pre­dic­tions, but I think the DUP will be back for more fi­nance, be­cause de­spite what is said about some of their be­liefs and at­ti­tudes on var­i­ous mat­ters, they are no po­lit­i­cal pushovers in ne­go­ti­a­tions.

What­ever side you are on in the pol­i­tics of North­ern Ire­land, it is es­sen­tial that you are a tough ne­go­tia­tor. I think that Theresa May will have dis­cov­ered this and it took 19 days to get a deal from them.

One fact did emerge from the above, which might come as a sur­prise to ma­jor­ity opin­ion in Eng­land: North­ern Ire­land is the most sub­sidised area of Bri­tain, not Scot­land. Robert Bren­nan Machrie Road Castlemilk

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