A petition to stop Theresa May forming a ‘confidence and supply’ deal with the Democratic Unionist Party has gained nearly 635,000 signatures in less than three days, despite having no hope of success.
The petition on the change.org website accuses Mrs May of hypocrisy; she had run her election vowing to oppose any attempt to create a so-called ‘coalition of chaos’, but was now forming exactly such an alliance.
And it said the deal was nothing more than “a disgusting, desperate attempt to stay in power”.
The petition also lists DUP policies including legalising discrimination against anyone from the LGBT community, teaching creationism to children as scientific fact, a ban on abortion along with criminalisation of anyone offering or seeking advice on it, and bringing back the death penalty.
These are very good reasons for demanding that the deal be rescinded and Mrs May resign.
But the petition won’t make a scrap of difference because Mrs May acts only in her own interest – and her interest is in staying in power as long as possible, no matter how hypocritical she is proved to be.
However, there is still hope, because Mrs May does not seem to have considered the ramifications of her decision. Look at some of those DUP policies. Discrimination against LGBT people?
#TheresaMay Strong + Stable
Gets into bed with DUP to cling to power
Loses 19 Gay Tory MPs as a result!
— WeThePeople (@gaurangmorjaria) June 10, 2017
The deal will also mean a rebellion of just 5 Conservative MPs will block any given vote. May will be able to get almost nothing done.
— James Ball (@jamesrbuk) June 10, 2017
Indeed. But then, these are Conservative MPs. Like Theresa May, they could simply eject their principles and carry on hypocritically, in order to remain in power.
But what about the DUP’s connections with terrorists? According to sources, the party has been publicly and politically endorsed by the Red Hand Commando, the Ulster Volunteer Force [UVF], and the Ulster Defence Association [UDA] – and founders of the terrorist group Ulster Resistance went on to become DUP politicians.
Tories have a long history of supporting and funding terrorists. They're now getting into bed with them in 10 Downing St.
— aleesha (@a_leesha1) June 9, 2017
Even if we accept that the DUP has a democratic mandate and has been part of a peaceful power-sharing arrangement in Northern Ireland for many years, Mrs May is in violation of the Good Friday Agreement by entering into a deal with only one side of that power-share:
I think the real issue is whether the UK govt should form an agreement with one side of NI. Good Friday Agreement precludes it. https://t.co/Dzy5X2az5u
— Michael Rosen (@MichaelRosenYes) June 10, 2017
— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) June 10, 2017
If there is any hope, it is very slim – as it lies with Conservative politicians who have principles:
Deeply unhappy w idea of a formal coalition w DUP. We should run w minority Gov & work Xparty on big issues. UK demands grown up politics
— Heidi Allen (@heidiallen75) June 10, 2017
Fine words from Ms Allen, but she has a record which includes speaking out against Tory government policies only to back them when push came to shove. Still…
A number of Tory MPs are considering writing to the chair of the 1922 committee demanding Theresa May stand down. 48 signatures are needed.
— Rachael (@Rachael_Swindon) June 9, 2017
Apparently the source of this is BBC 5 Live. Even so, it seems Mrs May has yet another trick up her sleeve:
VERY credible folk saying May is reaching out to Tim Farron for coalition deal. If LibDems prop up Tories AGAIN, voters won't forgive them!
— Jeremy for PM (@jeremyforlab) June 10, 2017
The Liberal Democrats – going back into coalition with the Conservatives? Surely not! That would mark the end of them as any kind of political force; the voters will never countenance two betrayals by the same party!
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