Democratic Unionist Party

The defeated Tories have formed a coalition with the Democratic Unionist Party, DUP.

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Recent DUP leader Peter Robinson

Many reasonable informed people view the DUP as a bigoted, sectarian, anti-Catholic, racist, homophobic, Islamophobic terrorist-infested gang of intellectually challenged weirdos.  However, The DUP is much worse than that.

Let’s look at a snapshot (no pun intended) of what the DUP stands for.

Death Penalty

DUP MP Gregory Campbell supports the reintroduction of the death penalty in the UK.  Last year – Campbell on death penalty – he said “what are those advocates who don’t want capital punishment going to advocate in its place?… I’ve yet to hear these alternatives to capital punishment.”

Gay rights and freedoms

DUP is vehemently anti-gay rights and freedoms.  Recent DUP Health Minister (in the Northern Ireland Assembly) and notorious homophobe Jim Wells said in a 2015 hustings “the facts show that certainly you don’t bring a child up in a homosexual relationship… that a child is far more likely to be abused or neglected:” Wells on gay marriage.

Wells had also described a Gay Pride event as “repugnant:” Wells on Pride.

Wells’ predecessor as Health Minister, Edwin Poots, refused to lift a ban on gay men donating blood: Poots on blood donations, and he was totally opposed to allowing gay people to adopt children: Poots on adoption.

DUP Northern Ireland Assembly member Tom Buchanon described homosexuality as an “abomination:” Buchannon on homosexuality.

Abortion

DUP are opposed to abortion.  It is illegal to have an abortion in Northern Ireland, except if the woman’s life is in danger; the 1967 Abortion Act has never been extended to Northern Ireland.  

Medical professionals can be jailed for many years if they perform an abortion: Abortion in Northern Ireland.  

DUP leader Arlene Foster fully supports maintaining a complete ban: Foster on abortion.

Religious fundamentalism

DUP Northern Ireland Assembly member Mervyn Storey and several DUP activists are members of an extremist fundamentalist religious group called the Caleb Foundation that promotes creationism and wants it to be taught in schools.  The DUP are so influenced by this foundation of crackpots that the world-famous Giants’ Causeway’s visitors’ centre includes a disclaimer than some people doubt the age of the Causeway, which is about sixty million years: Crackpots at the Giants Causeway.

Loyalist terrorism

The link between loyalist terrorists and the DUP is historical, symbiotic and remains tethered.  

DUP MP Gregory Campbell enjoys sitting at a table loading a gun: Gregory Campbell MP and a gun

Suppression of political protests

Partly because Sinn Fein has a historical connection with Palestinian freedom fighters and partly because of shared extremism, DUP is unambiguously and unconditionally a supporter of the government of Israel and of all its acts.  This support extended to trying to suppress a pro-Palestinian protest by leaning on the police: Suppression of pro-Palestine protest.

Anti-Irish racism

The hatred that the DUP has for Ireland manifests itself in many forms including childish mocking of the Irish language: Campbell mocks Irish language.

The 12th July Belfast Orange March
Nigel Dodds MP, centre

As if borne of a grotesque copulation between the Tea Party, UKIP, John Knox’s rectum and Mike Pence, the DUP is a soulless, brainless, toxic strain of ingrained bigotry that is driven by hate, ignorance, selfishness and racism.  

Theresa May and the Tories’ decision to team up with such a vile mob is further evidence of the distance between the Tories’ morality and that of the people of Britain.  Of course, the employees of the Tories – the financial gangsters – have no problem with a partnership with the DUP.

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