Theresa May wastes money on fundamentalist’s military airplane flight


This video from Britain says about itself:

DUP leader flew back to Belfast on a £20,000 RAF flight

1 July 2017

Theresa May in ‘bung’ storm after the DUP leader flew back to Belfast on a £20,000 RAF flight after she signed a £1billion deal to back Tories.

Theresa May was under fire last night after it was revealed she used the RAF to lay on a £20,000 flight for the Ulster politician propping up her Government.

The Prime Minister arranged for DUP leader Arlene Foster to be flown back to Belfast in the military aircraft as a favour after she signed last week’s £1 billion deal to back the Tories in crunch Commons votes.

But the Conservative Party was forced to pick up the tab for the flight – details of which were leaked to The Mail on Sunday – after Downing Street was warned that Whitehall anti-sleaze rules ban Ministers from charging the taxpayer for political activities.

The flights, including the return journey by the pilot, cost an average of £7,000 an hour – compared with tickets starting at £41 for any of the 38 commercial flights which run each weekday between London and Belfast.

It means Conservative chairman Patrick McLoughlin will have to hand over a cheque for nearly £20,000 to the Ministry of Defence.

Last night Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called the RAF flight a ‘shoddy bung’.

Mr Corbyn said: ‘Theresa May has already given an extra £1 billion to Northern Ireland to hang on to power and now it appears she gave a free RAF flight to Arlene Foster to seal the deal.

‘This is a shoddy bung to shore up a Government that has lost its mandate. The Conservatives must come clean. Did they try to make the taxpayer foot the bill for this flight and how often does the Tory Party book RAF flights?’

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said: ‘It is not for the PM to use the RAF as a personal taxi service to help prop up her Government with a dodgy deal.’

A Conservative Party spokesman denied any wrongdoing and said the aircraft was provided so Ms Foster could return to local Ulster negotiations with the nationalists at the Stormont assembly.

The row will deepen the bitter divisions within the Conservatives over the deal with the DUP, which one Tory MP has publicly criticised as ‘distasteful’. Senior Conservatives are concerned that the loan of the RAF plane could become symbolic of Mrs May’s dependence on Ms Foster. ‘It looks as if Arlene just clicks her fingers and gets what she wants,’ said one.

After 18 days of post-Election wrangling, Ms Foster – who is not a Westminster MP – promised that the DUP’s ten MPs will support the Government in major votes in return for policy concessions and an extra £1 billion for the province.

No 10 were desperate to conclude the agreement before Thursday’s votes on the Queen’s Speech: the loss of the Conservative majority in the General Election means that Mrs May was dependent on the DUP’s support to pass the speech.

The agreement was concluded by midday on Monday. It means Ms Foster would have had time to catch the 3.15pm British Airways flight from Heathrow, which landed in Belfast at 4.35pm. The equivalent flight leaving tomorrow can be bought for £172. Numerous other options were available before the last departure just before 10pm.

It is understood the Ministry of Defence played no role in the decision to provide the aircraft.

So, not only there is a scandal in France of taxpayer-paid military planes used for private transport.

This video from the USA says about itself:

£1.5BN Tory-DUP Deal Could Rupture the Northern Ireland Peace Pact

1 July 2017

The way the money is actually being spent could create greater rift in an already divided community in Northern Ireland.

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