Pity the DUP?

Ruth Dudley Edwards doesn’t believe the DUP is ill-equipped to deal with outworking of the fast track arrangements being put in train by the British government and (mostly) supported by Sinn Fein – alone of all the political parties. She also speculates on whether Rhonda Paisley’s threatened action against the party is an indication of an internal power struggle between the modernisers in the party and the traditionalist wing. Something, she argues, that could only further undermine the party’s ability to maintain a competent political force in field against Sinn Fein.

It’s no accident that Rhonda Paisley applied for a job as a DUP policy officer, for policy is the terrority of the modernisers and compromisers. Since they don’t want her father to know quite what’s going on, it’s no surprise that she was turned down. And it’s a smart move for the Paisley family to have her sue the party on the grounds of sexual discrimination. But these odd events further weaken a party now proving itself unable to defend unionism against the unholy alliance between Tony Blair and Gerry Adams. I’m sorry for unionists: but they voted for the DUP.

  • boshank

    ah well not to worry ruth, the DUP have been saying there’s no more concessions and that Unionism has got its confidence back. So that’s us sorted then.

  • yerman

    The article of course might carry a little more weight if she bothered to get some basic facts correct.

    There is nothing in the de-rating legislation to suggest Orange Halls will be forced to be cross-community work in order to meet the requirements.

    For a woman so still in love with the Trimble project it really doesnt carry much weight either when you hear her criticise any other unionist.

  • seabhac siulach

    The DUP – Ready to meet the challenges of the 17th century

    Hospital closures, water charge rises, council re-organisation, insufficient money for the roads, school changes, etc., etc. All, unfortunately, challenges for this century…
    And all being carried out by unaccountable Brit. ministers while the DUP sit on their hands and whinge (literally in some cases, e.g., McCrea, about the OTRs) about pie-in-the-sky bullshit instead of getting back to work for their people (nationalist and unionist) in a Stormont assembly.

  • fair_deal

    I would have had more respect for the analysis if it had been equally applied during the UUP’s stewardship. However that said the DUP does need to raise its game.

    “There is nothing in the de-rating legislation to suggest Orange Halls will be forced to be cross-community work in order to meet the requirements.”

    The UUP has been putting that stuff and other nonsense (not allowed to fly a flag/all OO stuff will have to be removed) about for months now and RDE has been foolish enough to swallow it. I find the best way to shut them up is ask them why they never managed to get something so simple?

  • barnshee

    “I find the best way to shut them up is ask them why they never managed to get something so simple? ”

    Even better ask them ( DUP SF UUP et al ) what they will do to fund water and other investment .
    What services will they curtail, What economies will they make ?

    They just love sitting on the side lines whining

    All the hard decisons will be taken by the paymasters and our local arseholes will be left to order the pencils and toulet paper for the Stormont charade-and very grateful they will be.(-we have already seen what they do when “in charge” education and health in tatters anyone)

  • This is another example of a DUP-bashing article that actually does the DUP no damage at all.

    Leave aside the point about everything that happened on the UUP’s watch i.e. 1968-2003 or even 2005. For sure, Paisley was too sanguine to say that he could stop all concessions unlike Trimble. However, this gaffe only gives a feather for RDE et al to beat him, not a stick. The more intelligent and perceptive critics of Trimble never argued the problem was his inability to halt concessions. Rather, the complaint was that the Trimble UUP mishandled matters that were squarely within its own hands.

    Even if the case against the DUP was proved, how would the Trimble loyalists reverse the situation? There’s no clear answer, except for the unspoken one: namely that if they could they would reform the Executive ASAP with yet another leap of faith.