Theresa May’s proposed deal with the terrorist-linked DUP can only end ‘in tears’ [VIDEO]

Theresa May considering pact with terrorist tainted DUP
Support us and go ad-free

Conservative Party leader Theresa May could well have made the most serious mistake of her political career. Namely, her decision to seek the support of the terrorist-backed Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of Northern Ireland to help form a government at Westminster.

A ‘confidence and supply’ deal is yet to be fully worked out, but could still end “in tears”, as Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams put it.

Association with terrorists

The DUP has a long history of association with terrorists and paramilitaries. DUP founder Ian Paisley set up the unionist militia, Third Force. And in 1986 DUP co-founder Peter Robinson led hundreds of members of the Third Force in an “invasion” of the small village of Clontibret in County Monaghan, across the border. In that same year, in November, Paisley and Robinson addressed a rally for the paramilitary group Ulster Resistance in Ulster Hall.

In 2009, DUP MP Willie McCrea was challenged about his links to the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) leader Billie Wright in 1991 and 1992, at the height of a sectarian murder campaign in Mid-Ulster.

And in 2016 the Police Ombudsman concluded that Ulster Resistance smuggled weapons for loyalist terrorist groups such as the UVF and the Ulster Defence Association (UDA). A report states that Ulster Resistance colluded with terrorist groups to import guns used in at least 70 murders and attempted murders.

Nor should we ignore that during ‘The Troubles’ collusion between Loyalist paramilitaries and British armed forces, in particular the secretive Force Research Unit (FRU) was rife. Reports claim that 13-14 innocent civilians died as a result of FRU/UDA collusion with paramilitary forces. Also, reports say that a staggeringly high percentage [p4] of Loyalist paramilitaries were British intelligence assets.

Still active?

Many alleged loyalist paramilitaries went on to become members of the DUP. And it is noteworthy that the Loyalist Communities Council (LCC), which represents the UDA, the UVF and the Red Hand Commando, issued a statement shortly before the 2017 General Election. That statement urged voters to back DUP and Ulster Unionist candidates in four battleground constituencies.

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free

Also, on 28 May 2017, Colin Horner was shot dead in a Sainsbury’s car park, in front of his three-year-old son. Police are investigating whether the murder is linked to a UDA feud. But only forty-eight hours later, DUP leader Arlene Foster met up with UDA boss Jackie McDonald.

Other scandals

But past and recent links with paramilitary groups is not the DUP’s only concern.

Leading up to the 2016 EU referendum, the DUP was donated £435,000. The money was for pro-Brexit advertising. But not in Northern Ireland. Instead, it was spent across Britain, including £282,000 for a ‘wraparound’ advert in The Metro. The Metro is a free paper in several UK cities. It is not, however, available in Northern Ireland.

The man who fronted the donation is alleged to have had links to the Saudi Arabian intelligence service. Richard Cook, chair of the Constitutional Research Council, founded a company, Five Star Investment Management, in 2013 with Prince Nawwaf bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, a former director general of the Saudi Arabian intelligence agency and the father of Saudi ambassador to the UK. Cook is also a former Scottish Conservative vice-chairman. The chief economist of Saudi Arabia’s largest bank argued the result of the vote was good news for Saudi Arabia.

And there is also the Renewable Heat Incentive scandal, that led to the abandonment of power sharing in Northern Ireland.

Consequences

The Northern Ireland Good Friday agreement relies on Westminster avoiding taking sides in the politics of the province. But in doing so now, the Tories threaten the entire peace process:

Deep hole

The 2017 general election was a disaster for the Tories, which lost its majority in the Commons, despite all the lies printed about Labour in the Tory press.

May miscalculated big time. Her party is now weakened and so can no longer claim to have a strong mandate for the Brexit negotiations. And by choosing to depend on the support of the DUP, May is merely digging herself into an ever-deeper hole.

Politically, her days are clearly numbered. And Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn now plans to use the upcoming Queen’s Speech to try and topple May. It’s not over yet.

Get involved!

– Sign the petition of no confidence in a Conservative/ DUP coalition.

– Make your thoughts on the deal known. Contact your MP and be vocal on social media

Featured image via Flickr Creative Commons

Support us and go ad-free

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us

Comments are closed