Yesterday’s Ashcroft Poll on SNP ‘defectors’ gave this:
To Labour 60%
To Tories 30%
To LibDems 10%
So, those 60%, I think, were inspired by Corbyn’s progressive policies and thought the number one priority in this election was to beat the Tories. I don’t think they’re lost to the independence movement nor to the SNP as a government in Scotland, Holyrood or local authorities. I know they weakened the SNP vote and let the Tories in but that wasn’t their aim. With the best of intentions, they dearly wanted to do Theresa and they had begun to believe Jeremy might just do it. As for Kezia, she must know what she owes to Corbyn – her resignation.
For the others, hell mend them, as they look upon the disasters that will accrue from a weakened government negotiating Brexit having to give in to the EU on issues such as access to our fishing waters and having to work with the Dread Unionist Party. It’s time Ruth Davidson smelled the coffee and broke away from the UK Tory Party before the DUP guys get properly going. Here are some of their ‘ideas’, all a bit difficult for Ruth and Theresa:
Brexit and the Irish border
The DUP campaigned for Brexit but its manifesto argued for maintaining a “seamless and frictionless” border with Ireland. Objectives for the forthcoming Brexit negotiations included maintaining the Common Travel Area with the Republic and ease of trade throughout the EU.
The manifesto retained the pensions “triple lock” and universal winter fuel allowance, both policies the Tories pledged to drop.
Opposition to same-sex marriage
While the party has changed radically since its beginnings, it has always maintained an opposition to socially liberal reforms which have taken place on the UK mainland.
Northern Ireland is the only remaining part of the UK where same-sex marriage is not legal after the DUP used a controversial veto mechanism to block any change to legislation. Senior figures in the party have called the issue a “red line” for power-sharing talks at Stormont.
The DUP has fought hard to halt an extension of abortion rights to Northern Ireland. Campaigners say their actions have forced thousands of women to travel elsewhere for terminations, or to rely on abortion pills bought online.
While climate change scepticism is not official party “policy”, the DUP has previously appointed a denier as environment minister in Northern Ireland, and it counts a number of creationists among its senior members.