Saturday 22 July 2017

Dinosaur chasers betray their guilty consciences over DUP hunt

It's open season on the DUP for the sins of being white, Christian and a bit old-fashioned, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson and party colleagues celebrate his election victory earlier this month. Photo: PA
Sir Jeffrey Donaldson and party colleagues celebrate his election victory earlier this month. Photo: PA
Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

'They are revolting people," said that famous Irish actor Stephen Rea last week about the European Council for Fatwa and Research, based at the Clonskeagh Mosque in Dublin.

I'm kidding, of course. A metropolitan liberal like Rea wouldn't dream of saying such a thing about Muslims. At the launch of Kilkenny Arts Festival he was talking about the DUP, on whom it's open season, for they are white, Christian, proudly British and a bit old-fashioned and therefore an unprotected species.

He wouldn't say it about Sinn Fein either. Rea, who comes from a Northern Ireland Protestant background, was an enthusiastic convert to republicanism. In 1983 he married the late Dolours Price, who 10 years earlier had been a participant in the car bombing of the Old Bailey in London, where 200 people were injured.

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