Tuesday 28 January 2020

Thousands google 'DUP' as Brits scramble to get a handle on the UK's new kingmakers

DUP leader Arlene Foster addresses journalists in Belfast yesterday. Photo: PA
DUP leader Arlene Foster addresses journalists in Belfast yesterday. Photo: PA

Shona Murray

The DUP's website crashed several times yesterday, such was the demand for information from British people in to who their new government partner was.

"I was one the thousands of people googling 'DUP'," admitted Tory voter Kirsty.

"I don't know all that much about them."

Meanwhile Josh Hinton (30) said: "From what I know they're socially conservative and comfortable bedfellows of the Tories.

"It doesn't bother me that they're not part of the mainland either," he said - arguing that Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom.

"But it's certainly not the result I wanted," was his conclusion.

There are few people if any who can say with any conviction that the UK is better off following Theresa May's snap-election.

Conservative sources told the Irish Independent they're "livid" at the "bloody mess" she made of the campaign; in particular her refusal to debate Jeremy Corbyn and general lack of charisma throughout the past seven weeks.


She is being savaged by the British press - that same press machine that lauded her decision in the first place. The day after she announced the election, the 'Daily Mail' led with "Crush the Saboteurs", adding that hers was a "stunning move".

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'The Times' led with "May heads for Election Landslide".

The prize for the most gleeful vitriol went to the 'Daily Express', the editor, her former cabinet colleague, George Osborne - whom she also fired when she took office.

"May's Irish bailout" - no doubt penned by the man himself.

And for the later edition yesterday, "Queen of Denial", the paper avenging his scorn for his sacking.

May has now lost all moral authority.

She was already almost fully depleted entering the election.

She has been Brexit prime minister since her first day at Number 10, yet now there is a sense that there isn't even a hint of what her plan or ambition is for the negotiations.

The only remarkable comment she has uttered regarding Brexit is her promise to fulfil a "red, white and blue Brexit", which was a comment which had no explainer.

Shona Murray is foreign correspondent with Newstalk

Irish Independent

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