This video from Northern Ireland says about itself:
Pastor James McConnell – homophobia
9 August 2014
Much was said of Belfast ‘pastor’ James McConnell’s recent racist comments.
First Minister of Northern Ireland Peter Robinson was drawn into the row: Peter Robinson under fire for backing Pastor James McConnell’s [anti-]Islamic remarks.
Both Robinson and McConnell were forced to apologise.
Why has the media not commented on McConnell’s homophobic comments? Does Robinson condone these anti-gay sentiments as well?
From Metro daily in London, England:
Theresa May says not to worry about DUP views on ‘LGB…what’s the rest of it?’
Monday 12 Jun 2017 7:11 pm
Theresa May reportedly told backbenchers that government policy wouldn’t be affected by the DUP’s views on ‘LGB… what’s the rest of it?’.
The Prime Minister was meeting the 1922 Committee of backbenchers today amid controversy over the government’s discussions with the Democratic Unionist Party of Ulster.
A Tory MP is said to have told HuffPo editor Paul Waugh that the PM had made the apparently flippant comment about LGBT concerns in the meeting today.
The DUP is now infamous across the UK for its extremely conservative, right-wing views.
Among other things, the party is against same-sex marriage, is anti-abortion, and believes creationism should be taught in schools. …
A ‘confidence and supply’ deal would involve agreeing for the DUP to vote in favour of government policy in Parliament. Such a deal would be necessary for May to pass any policies, as the Tories ended up eight seats short of an overall majority in last Thursday’s general election.
However, there are claims the Scottish Tories could form their own semi-independent group – with its own whip – meaning they wouldn’t be required to vote with May and the government. …
Who are the Democratic Unionist Party?
The Democratic Unionist Party is the biggest unionist party in Northern Ireland – that is, it is against Ulster becoming part of the Republic of Ireland. …
Here’s what you need to know about the Northern Irish party that is now within throwing distance of Westminster.
LINKS TO TERRORISM
Disturbingly, the party has strong historical links to Loyalist paramilitary groups – in particular the terrorist group Ulster Resistance, which was founded by people who ended up becoming prominent DUP politicians. The party’s former leader Peter Robinson, for example, was an active member of the terror group.
The group also collaborated with other terror groups, including the Ulster Volunteer Force, to smuggle deadly arms into the UK.
Although the party has since rescinded violence,
Maybe diminished it a bit, but not abolished it. Read for as recently as 2015 ‘Theresa May’s new partners linked with recent HORRIFIC hammer attack on father-of-three’.
this may seem a bit of a rich move from a party that attacked Jeremy Corbyn for his alleged links to former Northern Irish terrorists.
WOMEN’S RIGHTS – OR A LACK OF THEM
The DUP is notorious for being strongly opposed to reproductive choice – specifically a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion. This makes them the biggest anti-abortion party in the country.
This is why women in Northern Ireland either face a costly and incredibly stressful journey to England and Scotland to have an abortion, or are forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term.
SAME SEX MARRIAGE
The DUP are also known for strongly opposing same sex marriage. As a result, Northern Ireland still doesn’t have equal marriage – unlike all of its neighbours Scotland, England, Wales and the Republic of Ireland.
ACCUSATIONS OF RACISM
Last year, DUP MP Sammy Wilson was accused of racism after a member of the public said Northern Ireland should ‘get the ethnics out’ – to which he appeared to reply ‘you are absolutely right’.
The DUP is also infamous for pushing for creationism to be taught in schools on a par with proven scientific facts. Creationism is the evangelical belief that Darwin’s theory of evolution is incorrect, and that humans were created whole in God’s image.
Theresa May said she plans to work with the anti-gay and anti-abortion DUP, and America’s [pro-Trump] far-right trolls are thrilled: here.
Today: There is no agreement yet between the Conservatives and the DUP.
Most of the country [Britain] wants another general election this year: here.
Wednesday, 14 June 2017
TORY-DUP TALKS NO DEAL AS YET. MAJOR WARNS OVER DEAL
PRIME Minister May finished a round of talks with Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster yesterday afternoon without an agreement being reached.
There was no press conference immediately afterwards as May prepared to fly to France to talks with the French President Macron. Whitehall sources said that although there was broad agreement the deal was not yet completed.
Arlene Foster said on twitter: ‘The talks will be completed soon.’ Earlier in the day former Tory Prime Minister John Major, who played a role in the development of the peace talks in the north of Ireland, issued a warning to PM May about the implications of any deal with the DUP for peace in the north of Ireland.
Major said: ‘I am concerned about the deal, I am wary about it, I am dubious about it, both for Peace Process reasons but also for other reasons as well. That said, all my life I have been a Conservative, I very much want Mrs May to succeed as Prime Minister and to stay as Prime Minister – and I understand why she wishes to shore up her Parliamentary position.
‘That is entirely understandable and I sympathise, but. . . but, my main concern certainly is the Peace Process. A fundamental part of that Peace Process is that the UK government needs to be impartial between all the competing interests in Northern Ireland.
‘The Good Friday Agreement says the power of the sovereign government with jurisdiction be exercised with rigorous impartiality. That is entirely right and that was always the intention right from the start of the negotiations.
”And the danger is that no matter how much any government tries they will not be seen to be impartial if they are locked into a Parliamentary deal at Westminister with one of the Northern Ireland parties. And you never know in what unpredictable way events will turn out and we cannot know if that impartiality is going to be crucial at some stage in the future.’
Foster has rejected suggestions that the mooted deal could undermine a return to power-sharing arrangements at Stormont, saying a deal between her party and the Conservatives – who have informally been building links for some time – could be a ‘tremendous opportunity’ for Northern Ireland.
But Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams, whose seven MPs will not take their seats in Westminster, has warned that no arrangement between the Conservatives and the DUP would be good for Northern Ireland. The English government have never been honest brokers – ever,’ he said.
Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Labour must condemn any secret talks with the Tories and mobilise to bring them down
‘I GOT us into this mess, and I will get us out of it’ PM May told the massed ranks of Tory backbenchers at Monday’s late afternoon 1922 Committee meeting.’
The emotion that dominated the Tory MPs gathering was ‘fear’ – that there would be another general election and that the Tory government would be smashed with many MPs losing the livelihoods.
Therefore Tory MPs were more than willing to accept May’s assurances that she would remain as long as they wanted her to do so. Despite the debacle of the unnecessary general election, the mass rejection of the Tory general election manifesto and the fact that the ‘despised’ Corbyn came from nowhere to get the upperhand and almost brought them down, Tory MPs agreed to keep May at the helm, provided that there is a deal with the DUP to keep them in office.
However, May is now the leader in name only, tolerated but no longer feared, to the extent that the Scottish Tories are demanding a soft Brexit, and the majority of Tory MPs who support ‘remain’ are now stronger and looking for allies, with the object of remaining in the EU and defying the 2016 vote.
Yesterday the Daily Telegraph reported that senior Tory cabinet members are engaged in secret talks with Labour MPs to secure cross party backing that will see the UK remain in the single market and the Customs Union, i.e. a coup plot is being launched to stab the 17 million who voted to leave the EU in the back.
Of course the right wing Blairites who sought to repeatedly remove Corbyn, and who were amazed at the way the masses voted for Labour on June 8th, are now flocking back into the parliamentary Labour Party and are seeking allies to halt Brexit or dilute it to the extent that it is acceptable to the bosses and bankers.
The idea is being floated that there should be a cross party Brexit Commission to agree the common ground of the coup. Tory Party ex-leader Hague has even emerged to suggest ‘call in the CBI, the Institute if Directors, the British Chambers of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses, the TUC, the first ministers of the devolved governments and the leaders of all of the opposition parties – yes even Corbyn’ to ‘help the economy through Brexit as a priority’.
It is clear that the desperate Tories, who were brought to earth with a bang in the June 8th election, are now in favour of mobilising the Labour right wing, the TUC et al for a coup to frustrate the decision of the 2016 EU referendum, to leave the European Union.
The beaten Tories want the Labour Party right wing and the TUC to keep them in office and to do their dirty work for them – that is to keep the EU for the British bosses and bankers who have reduced the UK working class to poverty since the 2008 crash.
Both Labour leader Corbyn and Shadow Chancellor McDonnell have made it perfectly clear that they and the Labour Party are in favour of carrying out the Brexit referendum and leaving the EU, including its single market and its Customs Union.
Every Labour MP that stood in the recent election made it clear that the party supported leaving the EU. This is why in the north the large numbers of workers that had voted UKIP returned to vote Labour.
The Labour leadership must stop any not-so-secret talks that are taking place, and must continue the mobilisation of the entire working class and middle class to complete the work of the last general election and bring the Tories down.
There must be no dirty sell-out deal over Brexit, no matter how many Blairite MPs demand it. Such a dirty deal will destroy the Labour Party by alienating the millions who voted Labour to get rid of the Tories.
Labour and the trade unions that support it must organise a national campaign of marches and demonstrations to force May and the Tories out of Downing Street and out of government. Trade unions such as the RMT, who have been battling alongside commuters for renationalisation of the railways, must call political strikes to force the Tories out. The Tory plan to remain in office for another two years with the support of the DUP and Blairite collaborators must be defeated.
Labour must mobilise to defeat the Tories in a vote to reject the Queen’s Speech, on the basis that remaining in government with the support of the DUP is completely unacceptable and a threat to peace in Ireland and the UK.
After election setback, UK Conservatives close to agreement with Democratic Unionist Party
By Robert Stevens
14 June 2017
Prime Minister Theresa May and Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster met yesterday in London, discussing the terms for the DUP’s 10 MPs propping up a crisis-ridden Tory government.
After several hours, the negotiations were forced to move to the House of Commons where May had to speak following the resumption of Parliament—dissolved two months ago after May called the June 8 snap general election.
The BBC reported that an agreement between May and the DUP was close as there were “no outstanding issues” blocking a deal. Foster was due to have returned to Belfast Monday evening, but stayed in London overnight.
May flew immediately from Parliament to Paris to hold scheduled talks with newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron on security, terrorism, and proposals to censor the internet and gain access to encrypted content.
May called the election with the declared aim of increasing her slender majority to strengthen her hand in talks with the European Union (EU) over the terms of the UK’s exit and to enforce the Tory’s anti-working class agenda of austerity and attacks on democratic rights. Instead, May has been left as nothing more than a caretaker prime minister after losing 13 seats and being left as a minority government.
On Monday evening, May was forced to appear before the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs. With May offering what was described as a “contrite” approach telling MPs, “I got us into this mess and I’m going to get us out of it,” she was allowed to continue as party leader—for now. Recognising this May added, “It’s my fault and I take responsibility. I’ll stay as long as you want me to.”
Such is the scale of the crisis facing the ruling elite that the Queen’s Speech—in which the government of the day unveils its upcoming legislative programme during the formal sate opening of the new Parliament—is expected to be delayed for a full week to June 26.
May is in fact acting as a shield behind which the conflicting factions of the Tories prepare a future leadership challenge and argue over strategy. She remains in place largely because jumping the gun and removing her at this stage would cause further political instability, prompting a general election which they would almost certainly lose. From being up to 20 points behind going into the general election, Labour won 30 extra seats and is now polling a six-point lead over the Tories.
The Sun, owned by billionaire oligarch Rupert Murdoch, editorialised Tuesday that there could be no retreat from the attacks successive governments have imposed on the working class, with even the watery reforms proposed in Corbyn’s manifesto unacceptable. It stated, “keeping Jeremy Corbyn out of Downing Street” was “a priority,” and “even dwarfs Brexit… The wreckage from Corbyn’s decades-old, decayed leftie ideas would be off the scale by comparison.”
However, others within ruling circles are not so quick to dismiss the significance of Brexit, especially with the EU talks set to begin in just five days.
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