Ok. Listen up people and listen good – because if you blink, you’ll miss it. I’ve said my bit on the clusterf*ck that was the Conservative campaign and Kathy lays out the brutal truth today, but an even greater threat looms on the horizon. And that is the Corbynista hard left staging a coup. Don’t think they cannot do it. They pulled off this Labour resurgence and are looking for more. They are efficient; they are organised and they are ruthless. In truth, like the election, the Conservatives are going to this gunfight with a penknife.
The aim now for the Corbynistas (I am excluding your ordinary decent Labour voter here) is to delegitimise the result of this democratic election by discrediting the DUP and therefore any confidence and supply agreement with the Tories. There will be wall-to-wall coverage of how nasty the DUP are and, therefore, how in essence they are not a legitimate political party that can support the Tories.
So let us get the facts of this election straight: The Conservatives secured 318 seats and the Labour party secured 262 seats. Labour cannot form a coalition and have no mandate whatsoever for their hard left manifesto. The DUP, a legitimate democratic party, secured 10 seats.
The Conservatives having secured 318 seats and having the current Prime Minister are constitutionally entitled to enter this agreement with the DUP. Now, there is no love lost between myself and DUP, but let us state another fundamental fact of British parliamentary law – as I said re Tim Farron – there is no faith-based test in the British constitution. There was under the Test Act, since abolished. Further, neither the Corbynistas nor the BBC nor the Twitterati are entitled to impose a de facto faith-based test on DUP MPs.
The DUP holds orthodox views in line with their Presbyterian faith on issue of abortion and gay marriage. This does not make them monsters, nor does it make them unfit for Parliament. I think – think – they also believe my Catholic ass is on its way to hell. I am pretty sure that its founder once called the then Pope, ‘the Devil’. But I am not entitled to administer a faith-based test any more than the lefties are. I am entitled to think they are a little silly to have these views and I do. That’s it.
Finally, we are not a Marxist dictatorship yet, where religion is banned from the public sphere and people of faith are banned from holding office. As I said, this attempt to discredit the DUP and delegitimise this election result is setting the ground work for a coup – namely putting Corbyn in Number 10 – despite him having nowhere near the majority needed to form a government.
So watch the next few days for the airways to be flooded – positively flooded – with everyone saying that the DUP and Tories cannot form this arrangement. But they can and unless the British government is going to destroy the Good Friday agreement by handing back the 6 countries from whence they came, they are entitled to form this government and they should do so.
In addition to the air war there will be protests. They will be peaceful – at first. But this is the hard left, so keep a close watch out to see if violence erupts.
Finally, I should point out that there is absolutely no moral equivalence to May entering an agreement with the DUP and Corbyn sympathising and meeting with the IRA during the Troubles. If the DUP were currently carrying out a terrorist campaign, then there would be equivalence. But they are not. So there is not.
Corbyn met and lent sympathy to the IRA while they were blowing people up. That is not what is happening now – thank the Lord God and Tony Blair et al – and to imply that it is – as some have – is dangerous and destabilising to the peace process. But the hard left don’t care about peace and they don’t care about democracy: they care about power. So saddle up people – the threat is real.