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DUP- Conservative deal signing looks like a gay wedding where neither set of parents approve

Originally posted to Facebook.

re the Tory-DUP agreement: I’m just going to be really honest and say I have absolutely no idea what the politics of our country is going to look like for the next six months.

The Government has literally sold out the nations and thrown a billion pounds at Northern Ireland in order to buy the votes of a particular party and there’s so many ways that could get pulled apart – but at the end of the day they have the votes to remain the Government.

But the agreement could be reviewed at any time by either party and the DUP have demonstrated how good they are at extracting goodies from a Prime Minister over a barrel.

But the DUP hate Labour and don’t want Jeremy Corbyn in power because he’s sympathetic to Sinn Fein.

But there’s several people planning legal challenges to the agreemnt on the basis that it invalidates the neutrality of the British Government set out in the Good Friday Agreement.

But the DUP are currently caught up in a corruption scandal over which Sinn Fein demanded the resignation of Arlene Foster which is why the devolved government was dissolved in the first place and it’s entirely plausible that they won’t form a government this week and James Brokenshire will have to call new elections, and who knows how the Northern Irish electorate will respond to this.

But he might not and impose Direct Rule from Westminster – a rule which is currently being propped up by the DUP.

But maybe all of this is irrelevant and they’ll just form a Government and we’re stuck with a Tory government clinging to power by its fingertips.

Will Theresa May be removed from power?

Will the Tories be able to pass *any* legislation not related to Brexit or counter-terrorism?

How are they going to pass any legislation *related* to Brexit when her own party has enough hardcore Remainers/Brexiters to render irrelevant the votes of the DUP if they decide to rebel?

And what are they going to do even if they do survive into 2018 and they lose enough by-elections through normal attrition that even with the DUP the Government no longer has a majority?

Like seriously, none of this has any precedent and I have no idea how this is going to go down.

Remember when people used to complain about how all the parties were the same and nothing ever changed? How do you think they like it now?

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Originally published at Lesbilicious at the time of the Second Reading on the same sex marriage bill in the House of Commons.

For the most part, there has never been a better time in history to be LGBT on this earth. But every so often, in my Western middle class world, the march towards full equality halts for a breather, or there’s a skirmish by the baggage train, and you get brutally woken up to the fact that, actually, the reason there’s a campaign for equality is because there’s people in the world that actually don’t see you as human and deserving of respect.

I am referring, of course, to the Tories, of whom many appear to think gays are just a hippy newfangled case of political correctness gone mad and can be easily cast aside in pursuit of cheap political potshots at their party apparatus. Tim Loughton MP, egged on by sneaky right-wingers and what passes for the religious right in this country, tabled an amendment this evening to the Same Sex Marriage Bill that would open up civil partnerships to opposite sex couples. Now, I don’t think that there’s actually that many people that think that when same sex marriage comes in, gays should just keep civil partnerships all to ourselves in some sort of amusing gay privilege scenario, but for some reason this amendment would require the entire bill to be overhauled and put it back by several years, possibly cost £4 billion (claimed Cameron, Labour disputes this). The entire situation was less “free the straighties!” than “annoy David Cameron!” Labour, wanting to embarrass the government but also for teh gays, has been umming and ahhing all day over what to do in response.

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