A terrifying report from the Guardian newspaper for anyone who knows anything about the history of modern Ireland:
“David Cameron hosted a lavish reception in the Downing Street garden for Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionists last week, prompting senior party figures to say the prime minister is wooing its MPs ahead of a possible hung parliament where their support could be crucial to his survival.
In a move that may prompt claims that he is prepared to play the “Orange card” if he fails to win an overall majority in next year’s general election, the prime minister paid court to the party’s eight MPs, who could hold the balance of power in a hung parliament.
Cameron invited the DUP MPs, who make up the fourth largest party at Westminster, for drinks in the No 10 garden on Wednesday evening last week.
The subsequent reception in the garden, attended by the DUP’s MPs and Robinson, was held on the evening that Gerry Adams was arrested by police investigating the disappearance of Jean McConville in 1972.
The MPs were given the impression that Cameron was going out of his way to lay on the charm by allowing his children to play among the guests as drinks, including non-alcoholic ones for the teetotal drinkers, were served.”
So that is it. Peace in Ireland, 1998-2015, the date of the next British general election. It was fun while it lasted. Then it’s back to the good old days of Conservative Party rule in Britain and Unionist politicians and militants running amok in Ireland. Oh well, at least there will be plenty of work for the funeral industry. Not to mention religious fundamentalists, biblical creationists, homophobes and racists…