At The Financial Times: The Grenfell Tower Fire and its political repercussions.


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Law and order said:

Your comment has been removed, but let me reply to it: Mr. Corbyn has been re-elected how many times? His political career began in the 1970’s, so he must have been of some appreciable use to his constituency? That doesn’t quite fit with your assertion:

It is relatively easy to snipe from the sidelines – he has made a career of it – and to have your lackeys turn up at scenes of tragedy to whip up the crowd to storm council offices. It is quite another thing, however, to hold and execute the prime office of state. 

Mr. Corbyn has only increased his share of the vote in the Cameron Referendum, and the May call for a vote. May is supported in this latest voting fiasco by Northern Ireland political reactionaries. The callous Mrs. May’s will suffer a further erosion of her ‘popularity’, that may lead the Tories to seek a new leader, without the cumbersome political baggage of Mrs. May, she not only carries, but adds too with each new crisis: or even just the changeability of the political weather!

Regards,

StephenKMackSD


 

@Jonathan Story @StephenKMackSD

Thank you for your comment.

Social policies

The DUP has strong links to the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster, the small Protestant fundamentalist church founded by Ian Paisley. The vast majority of DUP members are evangelical Christians and, on average, 65% of its representatives since its founding have been Free Presbyterians.[81] The party also has links with the Caleb Foundation, a Protestant fundamentalist pressure group.[82] Matthew d’Ancona, writing for The New York Times, has described the party as “a hard-line reactionary party, devoted … to a social conservatism that directly contradicts the modernization of the Conservative Party in the past 15 years”.[83]

The DUP has opposed LGBT rights in Northern Ireland. Party leaders—as well as many prominent party members—have condemned homosexuality, and a 2014 survey found that two-thirds of party members believe homosexuality is wrong.[84] The DUP campaigned against the legalisation of homosexual acts in Northern Ireland through the “Save Ulster from Sodomy” campaign between 1977 and 1982,[85] and the party has vetoed the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland since 2015, making Northern Ireland the only region of the UK where same-sex marriage is not legalised.[86] Former DUP minister Jim Wells called the issue a “red line” for power-sharing talks, adding that “Peter will not marry Paul in Northern Ireland”.[87] The party attempted to introduce a “conscience clause” into law, which would let businesses refuse to provide a service if it went against their religious beliefs. This came after a Christian-owned bakery was taken to court for refusing to make a cake bearing a pro-gay marriage slogan. Opponents argued that the clause would allow discrimination against LGBT people.[88]

The party maintains that it is “pro-life” and members have campaigned strongly against any extension of abortion rights to Northern Ireland, unanimously opposing a bill by Labour MP Diane Johnson to protect women in England and Wales from criminal prosecution if they ended a pregnancy using pills bought online.[89][90] They have opposed extra funding for international family planning programmes.[90]

Some DUP elected representatives have called for creationism to be taught in schools,[91][92] and for museums to include creationism in their exhibits.[93][94] In 2007 a DUP spokesman confirmed that these views were in line with party policy.[91]

In 2011, the DUP called for a debate in the House of Commons over bringing back the death penalty for some crimes.[95]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Unionist_Party

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