Lack of DUP deal means ‘zombie Parliament’ likely as May will be hard-pressed to pass any laws

“In the name of God, go!” Those words were once spoken to Parliament by Oliver Cromwell – but quote them to Theresa May and she simply won’t take the hint.

Theresa May will present her version of the Queen’s Speech to Parliament without a Commons majority to back it, after it was revealed that there is not likely to be a deal between the Conservatives and the DUP until Thursday at the earliest.

The vote on the programme for government within that speech won’t be taken until next Tuesday – Mrs May is determined to hold on to power for as long as possible – but she is still trying to achieve permission to run a government from the weakest position This Writer has ever witnessed.

And sources within the hardline Northern Irish party have said talks “haven’t proceeded in a way that the DUP would have expected”, indicating that an agreement may never be signed between the two parties.

According to The Guardian,  DUP sources said “backbiting from Tory backbenchers” had stiffened their resolve to “dig in”.

Even if a deal is signed, it seems it may be ruled illegal after a judicial review.

The paper reckons, “[The Conservatives] can probably survive without a deal, because they still outnumber the opposition parties and the DUP would not vote against them in a division that could lead to Jeremy Corbyn becoming prime minister. But passing legislation without a deal would be much harder.”

We already know that Mrs May has stripped out a large amount of the legislation she had planned for this Parliamentary session – while extending it to two years’ length in order to give her the longest time in power possible (if you believe it’s about Brexit negotiations, you’re too gullible for words – and I don’t believe Vox Political readers are gullible at all).

Put it all together and you have a disaster of prime ministerial selfishness resulting in a ‘zombie’ Parliament and a departure from the EU on the worst possible terms for the UK. In simple terms, Theresa May will seriously – perhaps catastrophically – harm the United Kingdom, just to stay in Downing Street.

It therefore seems reasonable – long shot though it may be – to appeal to Conservative Parliamentarians – especially those for whom a deal with the DUP must seem a betrayal of their principles – to do the decent thing and reject Mrs May’s proposals, alongside the Opposition parties including Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

That would clear the way for another general election, in which it seems certain the UK electorate would provide clarity.

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5 thoughts on “Lack of DUP deal means ‘zombie Parliament’ likely as May will be hard-pressed to pass any laws

  1. NMac

    If it were not so tragic for the country it would be a huge joke. The odious woman and her equally odious colleagues are totally and utterly discredited and have made themselves and the country a laughing stock. The longer they cling on, the more and more unpopular these obnoxious people will become.

  2. jaypot2012

    The SNP are the 3rd largest party so they come before the Lib/Dems. The SNP have said that they would NEVER do a deal with the tories but will with Labour/JC. I’m all for your posts Mike but get facts straight that SNP come before the Lib/Dems.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      There’s nothing in the article to suggest the SNP aren’t the third largest party in Parliament.
      I mentioned Labour and the Lib Dems in opposition but could just as easily have mentioned the SNP.
      Please don’t assume some offence where none was implied or intended.

  3. Roy Beiley

    I too have never witnessed anything like this. May must be a really stubborn, selfish, egotistic person. No matter what she does or doesn’t do from now on she will go down in history as the worst PM the country has ever had. Some legacy.

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