DUP might oppose terrorist internment; pigs consider flying…

GORDON must be pretty desperate to avoid his first defeat in the Commons, so with the possibility of widespread dissension in Labour’s ranks, it’s no surprise to discover that the DUP could be power brokers in the crucial vote. Only thing is, the vote is on 42-day detention for terrorist suspects. How could the DUP vote this down with its impeccable (well, mostly impeccable) anti-terrorism credentials?! I must admit a chuckle after reading Gregory Campbell’s attempt to keep the Government guessing: “We were initially opposed to internment in Northern Ireland and there are some who would argue that this is a form of internment.” Aye, right! Forty-two days without charge sounds like a DUP wet dream. And a £200m sweetener – by allowing Stormont to keep the proceeds of a number of empty army barracks – might mean the DUP could somehow overcome this recently-developed opposition to internment.

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    If they are going to get some money and going to vote that way in any case then good luck to them.

    Finish the sentence?
    “We were initially opposed to internment in Northern Ireland …”

    until it became clear that they were rounding up only Fenians.

  • Blooper

    “DUP might oppose terrorist internment; pigs consider flying…”

    Errr…except for the fact that the DUP actually did oppose internment in the 1970s and Paisley voted ags. it in the HoC.

  • Jer

    GBP 200 million. Ironic that if they secure that sum for their votes they will only add to the impression that non-english mps have too much influence in the HoC. Brown saved by handful of regional MPs. Hardly the worst impression for the conservatives.

  • fair_deal

    I sincerely hope the demands list is longer than just cash and there are some policy items in there.

    BG

    “DUP might oppose terrorist internment; pigs consider flying…”

    They took flight previously. IIRC the DUP voted against 90 days.