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If May hadn't had a fit of over-confidence and called an election in which she lost her working majority, I'm quite sure Ulster would already have been sold down the river. The conservatives care deeply about the union, except when it gets in the way of something they want. Believe me, they'd sell their grannies for sixpence if they thought it would help their political agenda, Ulster is absolutely disposable.

As it voted heavily to remain in the EU, it would have been a democratic convenience to simply place the EU border down the Irish sea and then carry on regardless. It would certainly have made negotiations a helluva lot easier.

But Theresa had her fit and finds herself tied to the medieval anchor of the DUP, whose only response to any idea of change is no. So, ther she sits, absolutely stuck

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Sep 4th, 2018 at 06:40:36 PM EST
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And logically, all the Irish government and the EU Commission have to do is wait for her government to fall and a new one not dependent on the DUP to be formed for that last major roadblock to be lifted. Unfortunately for Theresa May, having tied herself to the DUP, she has little option but to go down with them, or else dump them and throw herself on the mercy of the electorate.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Sep 4th, 2018 at 06:49:06 PM EST
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Her Govt will not fall before March, so it's all moot.

She is almost completely isolated within the tory party, which would normally be cause for any number of coups. However, neither side of the party trusts anybody else to bring about a brexit they can live with. An ultra would be unacceptable to the Business firsters and vice versa, so neither side will agitate against her in case the new leader is somebody they cannot accept. So, May is almost untouchable, yet despised by all.

But then again, there's Boris, whose ambition could lead to any form of rebellion. However, I think he'll restrict himself to making her life as difficult as possible until brexit is delivered, then he will launch his broadside.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Sep 5th, 2018 at 07:29:34 AM EST
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Eh, wouldn't he just run away again? Responsibility doesn't seem to be his thing.
by generic on Wed Sep 5th, 2018 at 08:44:22 AM EST
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No, he's a Trumpian figure. He loves being "in charge". He gets to grandstand, be seen and be admired. That's what he thinks is the job of being Prme Minister.

the idea that it's a job requiring 24/7 attention is beyond his grasp. He will govern absently, as Trump does. Spening money on vanity projects of dubious worth.

But, being PM is his Precious, he wants it. He wants very much.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Sep 5th, 2018 at 03:33:05 PM EST
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