I’m tempted to give a quick history lesson on Northern Irish politics, because I feel it’s really needed right now, but long-time followers know I’m not really good at doing a “quick version” of anything.
Suffice to say, I feel that concentrating on the DUP’s positions on abortion and LGBTQ rights is missing the point. And I say that as a pro-choice bisexual woman, so it’s not like I don’t care about those things. Their ability to influence those things is limited by cross-party support for same gender marriage and access to abortion.
The bigger picture is far more disturbing and the most pressing concern right now is the fate of the Good Friday agreement, peace in Northern Ireland and the fate of Irish Catholics. We have effectively just legitimised a set of people who would have stood by and cheered when the British army was gunning Irish Catholics down. This is a party who had to be publicly pressured before they denounced the Ulster paramilliatries who were supporting them in this general election.
Never mind their manifesto, it’s their history you’ve got to worry about.
Their history is alarming, but also Westminster’s implicit neutral stance and ability to be an arbiter is no longer a thing, and I think that;s the most worrying aspect – as the peace process is an ongoing thing.