Nigel Dodds warns Cameron against precipitative UK actions in Syria…

As speculation intensifies around the umpteenth arrest in the McGuigan murder case (still no charges), some people remain puzzled as to why the DUP haven’t just upped sticks and bolted.

So to radically switch focus to the world outside NI, yesterday Nigel Dodds had a short op ed in the Daily Telegraph, which he warned Cameron off taking military action in Syria:

Unionist MPs, to put it mildly, are hardly opposed to the use of British military force abroad or at home in pursuit of the national interest. Yet this brings us to the heart of where George Osborne is so mistaken. For what have the wars he has supported so much in the last decade done? Simply this: the imprudent use of British force has put the public off using it at all.

The direct result of having intervened where we shouldn’t is that there is no longer any public support for intervening when we should. There is a lesson here for Blairites in all parties. In Labour, if the mistakes involved in Afghanistan and Iraq had been faced up to, that party might not now be in the sorry state it is. In the Tory Party, MPs like John Baron and Gerald Howarth likewise are right to understand what’s in the UK’s interest, and how best we can then do good in the world.

A vague, promiscuous vote in the House of Commons next week authorising, for example, armed force in Syria would not achieve that end. And unless the government in a very short space of time provides much more detailed proposals, I would expect again to be voting alongside the likes of Mr Baron and Sir Gerald.

Hmmm. Ah, here it is…

It seems to me, as the leader of the fourth party in the Commons, to be curious tactics to potentially gift a new Labour leader a great parliamentary victory in their very first week. Perhaps ‘New Labour’ is not quite the right phrase, but Mr Osborne will know what I mean. He will after all remember that bright parliamentary wheezes can turn out to be very counter-productive indeed. Such as the risible coup attempted against John Bercow in the last week of the last parliament.

  • Ulick

    “The leader of the Democratic Unionist Party” – I wonder does Peter know he’s been usurped.

  • Kevin Breslin

    “Such as the risible coup attempted against John Bercow in the last week of the last parliament.”

    Nigel Dodds is a good Speaker, I mean speaker.

  • chrisjones2

    Statesmanlike and standing above the ruckus in Belfast

    Should Bercow go there might be advantages in a Speaker who was from a minority party in what will be a very long term Tory Parliament

  • chrisjones2

    Only in the Commons – where it matters. So far anyway

  • Lorcs1

    Cameron responds with “Who’s Nigel Dodds?”

  • Dan

    They would all be better off listening to the wise words of Baron over the last few years.

  • Chingford Man

    Dodds is an excellent individual, always full of good sense. He would be a worthy successor to Bercow as Speaker.

  • Ernekid

    I don’t like Dodds politics at all but I agree with you that he’d make a fine Speaker. He wouldn’t take any nonsense in the chamber and Cameron could do with a dour Ulsterman like Doddsy to stop him getting carried away.

  • submariner

    The fact that he is a sectarian B£%*t who has no problem standing shoulder to shoulder with UVF terrorists might prove a sticking point with the sensible members of the commons.

  • Smithborough

    Is the DUP in Putin’s pocket now? Last year Jeffrey Donaldson stood shoulder to shoulder in the Council of Europe with die Linke and Jobbik in voting not to censor Russia for its actions in Ukraine, now they’re advancing Putin’s foreign policy in Syria too.

  • Chingford Man

    There’s one party that hangs out with terrorists and it’s not the DUP.

  • submariner

    Dodds with unrepentant sectarian murderer Billy Hutchinson and UVF commander Winston Irvine.

  • Chingford Man
  • Sergiogiorgio

    Yep, that and his “promiscuous vote”. Sex and power – the DUP raison d’être.

  • submariner

    So i post a photo which rubbishes your claim that the DUP dont hang out with terrorists and you post a photo of Sinners carrying a coffin. Exactly what point are you trying to make other than whataboutery.

  • chrisjones2

    I wonder is this a coded message to Peter ……..

  • chrisjones2

    Oh errr ….. i fancy a bit of that

  • Chingford Man

    You obviously haven’t realised the identity of their fellow pall-bearer. I trust the PSNI has been treating Bobby well today. Sorry for the subtlety.