DUP’s power-trip will be short

The Democratic Unionist Party has been throwing its weight around in Westminster, while letting the North go to hell in a handbasket. But its time in the limelight is coming to an end – and the sooner the better

20th January, 2019

A series of unexpected and fortuitous electoral circumstances propelled the DUP into the role of Westminster power broker after the Conservatives lost their majority in a 2017 snap election.

In the face of limited alternatives to prop up her minority government, Theresa May signed a confidence and supply agreement with the party.

Under this pact, £1 billion in new money would be allocated to the Northern Ireland Executive for specific policy priorities. In exchange, the Conservatives...

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