Home   News   Article

Grantham Journal column: DUP deal is criminal!

By Peter Clawson

Peter Clawson.
Peter Clawson.


That’s my verdict on the controversial deal with the Northern Ireland DUP designed to keep a minority Conservative government in power at Westminster.

In my opinion, this is a private arrangement which benefits only the two participants, not the rest of the government or the whole country.

Therefore, I firmly believe it should not be financed by the taxpayers.

Those people who voted Jeremy Corbyn to a dramatic revival of fortune would certainly not wish to help pay for a Tory government’s undemocratic survival.

They would rather allow their favourite to do what he and his party have said they are ready to do – form a minority government of their own.

I would also suggest that the Conservatives regard as unthinkable the prospect of yet another election, which is why I believe they are taking the only dodgy deal they think they might get away with.

Goodness knows what damage the deal could do to the peace process in Ireland.

And make no mistake about it, the wrong decision would have serious repercussions here in the Grantham constituency as well. After all, why should we have to continue to suffer austerity cuts along with Scotland, Wales and the rest of the UK while the Irish benefit unfairly at our expense?

Finally, without wishing to refer to any particular incident from which legal proceedings might emerge, I do not believe that victims or taxpayers should have to foot the bill for authorities’ failure to fit safety features to buildings which are under their responsibility or where possibly unsafe materials have been applied.

Why do I ask all these questions? Because I believe the national media at present is not doing the job it is supposed to do. We now have a viable opposition at Westminster. Let’s make that now apply to the national media as well.


Iliffe Media does not moderate comments. Please click here for our house rules.

People who post abusive comments about other users or those featured in articles will be banned.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.


Terms of Comments

We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules.

If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here.

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More