Most people on the AW probably think Northern Ireland is a backward annoyance, and care little what goes on there. We who happen to live here are used to this. It’s a nice place but its politicians are a shower of b*****ds and the sooner the population outgrows the bigotry the better. Current Westminister arithmetic has possibly focused a bit more attention on NI politicians – or at least, on the creepiest, smuggest and most backward of the lot, the DUP.
DUP names have long been associated with the stench of corruption in NI – property deals and cosiness with guys who get to build on greenbelt land seems to be their thing – though only rarely is it proved. Mrs Robinson’s ludicrous brown-envelopes affair with a juvenile cafe owner was one exception – it ended her political career and helped to end double- or triple-jobbing (the same individuals being MPs, MEPs and sometimes also councillors, and being paid three times).
DUP politicians always seem to do very well in terms of maximum expenses and family members on the payroll.
Among these is Ian Paisley jnr. As if all this cash wasn’t enough, he was happy to take two luxury holidays from the government of Sri Lanka, purportedly for lobbying for them at Westminster. The official figure of the value is £50,000 – which was undeclared to Westminster authorities in the standard way – but some Sri Lankan sources have stated over £200,000 is the real figure. Hopefully, people in Sri Lanka will ask why on earth this cash was being spent on this man.
Meanwhile, Westminter may well see its first ousting of a sitting MP by their constituents. 10% of Paisley’s North Antrim electorate need to vote for a by-election to happen. Whether Paisley then stands as a DUP candidate or an Independent is moot. He’s currently on some kind of slapped-wrist short suspension by them. And a 30-sitting-days Westminster suspension, which means Theresa May temporaily loses one tenth of the voting power her £1 billion bought when parliament reconvenes.