The DUP leader gets called out for hypocrisy, but it’s hardly the first time

EU flag and Arlene Foster of the DUP
Peadar O'Cearnaigh

While reports of the Democratic Unionist Party’s (DUP) hypocrisy are common, it just got called out for taking hypocrisy to a whole new level.

Standard DUP hypocrisy

On 9 October, DUP leader Arlene Foster repeated her “red line” threats:

The reaction online was swift:

A new kind of DUP hypocrisy

But Foster’s demands highlighted a new kind of hypocrisy. And this time it’s the government’s backstop plan. This plan attempts to prevent a hard border between the north and south of Ireland after Brexit. So Foster demanded to see the legal text of the plan:

What we need to see is the legal text.

And this left social media users confused. Because they wondered why Foster suddenly wanted to read legal text. After all, she admitted to not reading legal regulations governing a renewable energy scheme in her department. As The Canary previously reported, this scheme could cost the taxpayer over £700m. And it’s currently before an inquiry.

Sinn Féin politicians took to social media to point out the blatantly obvious:

Others pointed out the hypocrisy of Foster taking so long to decide:

DUP represents a minority

As the DUP is confined to Northern Ireland it represents a tiny minority of voters in the UK. Social media users reminded us it also represents a minority Brexit view in Northern Ireland.

The population of the UK is estimated at around 66 million people with just around 1.8 million people in Northern Ireland. And it’s important to remember that almost 56% of Northern Ireland voted to remain. More recently, as reported by The Canary, a survey showed an increase in support to remain in the EU.

But luckily people on social media responded quickly:

And they noted that Foster leads a party absent from government in Northern Ireland for almost two years.

Get them out

As the DUP supports Brexit and props up Theresa May’s government, it’s holding British people to ransom. In addition, its Brexit position is both hypocritical and in the minority. The British people deserve better leadership.

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Featured image via Sebastian Fuss/Flickr & Northern Ireland Office/Flickr

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