Northern Ireland and the aftermath of the May poll

There has been much talk about how things will pan out after this upcoming General election with many predicting cuts and tax increases which are likely to be deeply unpopular. Many people out their are thinking: ‘I’m gonna be screwed no matter who I vote for.”

How the leading party manages how they make the hard decisions and how effect they are come the next General election reflect how popular a party is and if they don’t get it right they will be in a very difficult position come the next General election. We already have seen fuel prices rise, the cost of a litre of milk, a loaf of bread, heating costs etc etc …

Parties are not necessarily talking about this apart from managing the economic deficit and the huge debt we as a nation have hanging around our neck.

It is expected that cuts will be made somewhere but where? Labour have committed to protect front line services such as health and education whilst the Tories have committed themselves to dealing with it. Commentators pointed out that the manifestos lacked detail on how extra cash would be raised and where the guillotine would strike. There are many areas where a Government can focus on and that is quangos, civil servants and Government waste. The danger of this is that people employed in the public sector could face unemployment.

The DUP have indicated that they will protect the N.I. block grant as a means of securing their support in the Commons. The DUP is likely to be very important in the new Parliament as the polls indicate a hung Parliament. The total number of MP’s the DUP have (defending 9, fighting 8) after this election will therefore be very powerful group on the green benches.

The party has also argued it will seek to protect our armed forces from funding cuts and seek more movement from the Westminster Government on helping the savers of the Presbyterian Mutual Society.

Jeffrey said that the DUP will hold more leverage than any Conservative MP elected from Northern Ireland. He’s quoted as saying:

“By throwing in their lot with the Tories, [the UUP] have no room left for negotiations,” said Donaldson. “They have sold their vote already to the Conservative party. They have no further leverage. The DUP is the only main party that has the capacity to negotiate in the event of a hung parliament, which seems more likely after Thursday night’s debate.”

This election will see Northern Ireland placed in the centre of Westminster politics. The 1.7 million people of Northern Ireland are therefore very powerful come May 6th.

  • dundonald voter

    typical dup scarmongering you need to vote for us because if you dont were sunk. the bottom line is that their attendance at parliament is shocking. the last time a government needed ulster mps was under john major and they still got the frameworks document which they didnt like but couldnt do a thing about. no matter what party is in government there will be cuts everywere because the government has no money to give out and the debt is getting bigger

  • dundonald voter

    bit like a hosehold who bring in £1000 per month and thee outgoings are £3000. and one of the children asking them to sub them every month. jeffrey whoever is in government will cut and dont say there wont because they will and the reason? they have none to give

  • dundonald voter

    This election will see Northern Ireland placed in the centre of Westminster politics. The 1.7 million people of Northern Ireland are therefore very powerful come May 6th.
    not trying to be funny but the only time we were important to the british government was when the provos were bombing the mainland. then it affected them financially and needed to get the troubles stopped. hence the peace process

  • dundonald voter

    The party has also argued it will seek to protect our armed forces from funding cuts and seek more movement from the Westminster Government on helping the savers of the Presbyterian Mutual Society
    on the pms it would be interesting to find out how many of the larger investors were maybe dup personael. the department who looked after (or was meant to look after the pms) deti (dup controlled) so their failure to properly regulate the pms has cost the taxpayer 250 million!! great govermnet devolotion dup style is really working.but its all right cos wee jeffrey says we will continue to seek aid from the british government for something we should have kept an eye on to say the very least. jeffrey what about people who have lost money on house purchases during the boom will you try and help them? remember it was property that the pms heavily invested in. we will see what jeffrey will do for these people eh

  • dundonald voter

    By throwing in their lot with the Tories, [the UUP] have no room left for negotiations,” said Donaldson. “They have sold their vote already to the Conservative party.

    so what happens if the lib dems get in jeffrey? will you use leverage with them? maybe jeffrey forgets that it was the lib dems who were unionist enemies under gladstone when he wanted to introduce home rule for ireland. labour according to everybody were always a party who would seek irish reunification. going back to carson and craig they were always with the conservative and unionist party

  • George

    The DUP have indicated that they will protect the N.I. block grant as a means of securing their support in the Commons.

    Sounds awfully like the SNP who also simply want money to support any future British government. If it did come to a hung parliament and Labour requiring the type of numbers the DUP could offer, why not pick the SNP?

    This election will see Northern Ireland placed in the centre of Westminster politics.

    This is wishful thinking rather based on the probabilities. The chances of this happening are very, very slim. It’s more likely to be a Lab/Lib coalition.

    Why on earth would any party voluntarily hitch the DUP horse to its wagon when other options will always be available?

  • dundonald voter

    george brilliantly put

  • dundonald voter

    when we get it that this wee country of ours is just a little political backwater to the politicians in westminister. jeffery and co do you really think westminister thinks about you and the punt? your an embarasmnet to them

  • dundonald voter

    and by embarasement i mean anybody who hooked up with the dupers would have some explaining to their electorate about the dupes strange beliefs

  • The Raven

    “The DUP is the only main party that has the capacity to negotiate in the event of a hung parliament, which seems more likely after Thursday night’s debate.”

    …with how many MPs, Jeffrey…?

  • Sammy Morse

    maybe jeffrey forgets that it was the lib dems who were unionist enemies under gladstone when he wanted to introduce home rule for ireland.

    On the doorsteps of Lagan Valley, they speak of little else. Jeffrey’s failure to remember Gladstone’s treachery is sure to unleash a surge of support for Daphne Trimble and the New Conservatives and Unionists. On the doorsteps of Drumbeg, they talk of little else.

    Anything else about LibDem policy you want to throw into the mix? The Whig policy on Grattan’s Parliament, perhaps?

  • USA

    No British party would have anything to do with the DUP and it’s dodgy financial dealings, property developers, flat earthers and Orange Order bigots. Well, okay…maybe the BNP / UKIP or whatever.

    No, it’s simply a case of Lab / LibDems or any number of other possible arrangements. But the DUP will not be invited to the party. Hello, reality calling.

  • Cynic2

    Donaldson will fight to protect the block grant. Whoppee. What chance has he? And what does this say about him and the DUP’s ‘unionist’ credentials? Sod the rest of you in the UK,we feel no pain?

    Yes folks, its not about principle, its all about money ….block grant, pet pork barrel projects, waste, inefficiency, political cowardice on water charges, expenses and recreational visits to London.

    Yesterday Sunday Life carried a set of allegations that many supposedly decommissioned PIRA weapons have turned up in recent dissident attacks. As the central plank of the agreement with SF was that PIRA would decommission and ‘go away’ you might expect to hear Jeffrey say something about that. But there’s an ominous silence.

    Lets not rock the boat boys, we are swimming in a sea of money

  • South Belfast Opinion

    More and more people are seeing the DUP for what they really are! They are in the fight of their lives after everything that has gone on. If more newspaper revelations were made, then more “safe” DUP seats might go!

    http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/Orangeman-breaks-ranks-on-unity.6233697.jp

  • South Belfast Opinion

    Questions for the DUP and Christopher Stalford in particular….

    South Belfast DUP chairman, who has been rattled after a Senior South Belfast Orangeman has spoken out against the use and abuse of the Orange Order, said that he had no role in the letter and then he praised the four Sany Row men for putting their name to it! No role in the letter, Christopher???

    http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/Orangeman-breaks-ranks-on-unity.6233697.jp

    Now have a look at Stalford’s DUP video on you tube. Who is in the middle of it? Ask yourself do you think the ordinary Sandy Row men are behind the open letter? contacting Mark Devenport? contacting the Newsletter? Or do you think it may have been someone else in the video?

    The DUP have been found out!

  • Cynic2

    God that video is delicious.

    Leading figures in Unionism?

    Did they all have their teeth in? I loved the way one of them wiped his hose on the back of his hand when he was introduced and sat with his eyes closed.

  • South Belfast Opinion

    Puts the letter in perspective Cynic2, doesn’t it?!

    You should watch the other ones, at one point one of them says “well i’m actually a north down voter!”

    If Stalford thinks these are leading figures in Unionism, then he’s living in fantasy land!

    Gary McMichael wised up to Ian Paisley, and those Sandy Row men will wise up to Christopher Stalford. I wouldn’t want to be there when they do.

  • Dev

    “They have sold their vote already to the Conservative party. They have no further leverage. The DUP is the only main party that has the capacity to negotiate in the event of a hung parliament, which seems more likely after Thursday night’s debate.”

    That sounds rather opportunistic, almost as if they view the Union as big bag of money which they use their “leverage” to open the purse strings of every so often .. not very patriotic, shouldn’t they be standing shoulder to shoulder with Her Britannic Majesty’s govt in Westminster in its efforts to bring down the deficit rather than playing silly games so they can squeeze a bit more out of the UK taxpayer at a time when everyone is supposed to be making “tough choices”?

  • Slugger O’Toole Admin

    I know there is an election on, but please guys, play the ball and not the man.

    Dundonald voter, these comments are for conversations not stream of consciousness rants. I suggest you get your own blog if all you want to do is broadcast your own opinion.

  • georgieleigh

    I wouldn’t rule out the Shinners signing in under Cromwell’s shadow if it came down to it.

    Special delegate conference, once-off alliance with SNP to weaken the Union, stop loyalists doing a deal blah blah blah.

    There might be some interesting colours in the Westminster rainbow.