Irish and British political commentators are already warning of unintended consequences stemming from the backdoor-coalition deal between the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom and the Democratic Unionist Party in the UK-administered north-east of Ireland. These will almost certainly include a hardening of opinion among the northern nationalist community and its southern fraternity, strengthening growing demands for a referendum on reunification in the face of Britain’s expected crash-and-burn exit from the European Union. The combined hubris and inept politics of Theresa May and Arlene Foster are accelerating a final end to Greater England’s legacy colony on this island nation, and sooner rather than later.
In the meantime, I wonder do the Tories and the Dupes realise that their underhand actions in London have made a future Sinn Féin coalition agreement in Dublin all the more palatable to Irish voters, and by extension to establishment parties like Fianna Fáil? With the hibernophobic DUP pulling the strings of the Conservatives, and the UK taking on the perceived role of a political and economic “hostile actor” towards Ireland and the wider EU, voters in this country might well choose to make their Brexit-born insecurity and anger known through the ballot box. And the beneficiaries of that sentiment will be a party the far right British unionists hate and fear the most.
Welcome to Empire 2.0!