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What Now For The UK?

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AB Editor | 09:10 Fri 09th Jun 2017 | News
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What would you like to happen next?

  • Tory minority government - 44 votes
  • 40%
  • Progressive coalition government - 21 votes
  • 19%
  • Tory coalition government - 20 votes
  • 18%
  • Immediate calling of a general election - 15 votes
  • 14%
  • Other! (I'll answer below) - 10 votes
  • 9%

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so what has all this LGBT chaval guano got to do with anything?
'Meanwhile Labour have realised that Jeremy Corbyn is anything but unelectable'

Corbyn is fortunate to be at the helm of Labour at a time when Brexit is occurring. A brexit which the young did not want. The young have simply used Labour as a protest vote. Please don't think that their success is anything else.
Excellent post at 14.16, Kval.........x
Quite a lot, TTT........x
Did anyone notice that, all of a sudden, Mrs May referred to her party as "The Conservative and Unionist Party"?

It must be over 30 years since I've heard a Tory use that line - I presume it was part of the "cash for votes" pact with the DUP?
that is the correct name Dave and she did use it prior to the vote.
I must have missed that - definitely not what it said on the ballot paper though ...

... perhaps we should look at some core values of the new government props ...

Oh dear,'ve put a few abers between a rock and a hard place there!..... :-)
> What Now For The UK?

Let's stand (naked and alone?) for a bit, while the rest of the world points at us and laughs.

Then, eventually, try to pick ourselves up.

A strong and stable government is the furthest thing from what we have at the moment.

You constantly hear from politicians (after some tragic event like the death of Jo Cox) about how most politicians from all sides of the political divide are actually nice, sensible people. So how about this for an idea ... a coalition of all parties, like in WWII, to re-establish the reputation of politics in this country, get us through this Brexit period and severe terrorist threat, and to a stable position in 3-5 years.

It can't happen because, despite what they say after some tragic event, when it comes to it they're mostly a bunch of self-interested *** that put themselves before the needs of the country.

As for another election ... when exactly? Before Brexit negotiations start, or during them???
Until 1972 the Ulster Unionists (before the advent of the DUP) took the Tory whip. They abandoned it when Heath suspended the NI parliament and imposed direct rule. As a result the party's title dropped the word Unionist in England though it remained in Scotland.
Thanks Jackdaw - I'd forgotten the context of dropping the Unionist tag in England and Wales.
Sunny Dave is said Conservative Party on my ballot paper as well Its blindly obvious why she used the phrase......she needs the DUP, like a diabetic needs survive.
Or it could be the final nail, Mikey?..x
Thanks Gness :) Of all the bed fellows they could have picked (and I know their hands were tied but still) the DUP are the very last folks I want wielding any influence over a Prime Minister. Tora, we no longer live in the dark ages where an anti LGBT agenda is acceptable so quotes like the following from a political party that the Tories desperately ally themselves with are not acceptable. The DUP are anti-abortion, anti-Ireland, anti-Catholic, anti-gay rights, Sectarian, Nationalist, populist and anti-immigrant. They belong in the 16th century and not as power sharers in the UK Government. "There can be no viler act, apart from homosexuality and sodomy, than sexually abusing innocent children". 'Just as a murderer can be redeemed by the blood of Christ, so can a homosexual.... If anyone takes issue, they're taking issue with the word of God' - Irish Robinson ( whilst she was having an extra-marital affair with a 19 year old. And a little calendar of their anti LGBT antics- the British people will NOT stand for this, mark my words... 26th July 2011 – DUP MLA Jim Wells calls Belfast Pride ‘repugnant’.

2nd August 2012 – Lord Mayor of Belfast, the DUP Cllr Gavin Robinson, stands by his party’s opposition to gay rights at a panel debate during the Belfast Pride festival.

25th August 2012 – Magherafelt District DUP Cllr Paul McClean calls for homosexuality to be made illegal in Northern Ireland.

1st October 2012 – DUP MLAs block a motion brought forward to facilitate marriage equality in Northern Ireland.

25th October 2013 – DUP MLA Tom Buchanan tells school children attending a public event that homosexuality is an ‘abomination’.

October 2012 – DUP Health Minister Edwin Poots MLA lodges an appeal against the NI High Court Ruling overturning the ban on gay couples being allowed to adopt.

5th Feb 2013 – DUP MPs vote against the second reading of the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill and all technical motions to facilitate the passing of the Bill.

29th April 2013 – DUP MLAs block a second motion brought forward to facilitate marriage equality in Northern Ireland.

2st May 2013 – DUP MPs vote against the third reading of the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill.

11th Oct 2013 – Despite an NI High Court ruling, DUP Health Minister Edwin Poots MLA refuses to lift the lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood.

13th Nov 2013 – DUP Health Minister Edwin Poots MLA claims in the NI Assembly that the ‘natural order’ is for a child to be raised by a mother and father.

5th March 2014 (Busy day for the DUP) – DUP MPs vote against Government proposals to allow same-sex marriages to be annulled or for same-sex spouses to divorce. They also vote against plans to allow consenting places of worship being able to register and de-register their property as venues in which to conduct same-sex weddings. On the same day they vote against plans to allow the registration of Armed Forces chapels as venues in which to conduct same-sex weddings. That same day they vote against plans to allow same-sex weddings for British citizens to be conducted in UK Consulates in foreign nations, to allow same-sex marriages from England and Wales be recognised as Civil Partnerships in Scotland and against the right of UK Armed Forces personnel entering into a same-sex marriage whilst serving overseas. On a bit of a roll that day, weren’t they?

29th April 2014 – DUP MLAs block a third motion brought forward to facilitate marriage equality in Northern Ireland.

8th December 2014 – DUP MLA Paul Givan publishes a Bill (nicknamed the Conscience Clause) designed to allow religious people an opt out from equality legislation when providing goods and services to gay couples.

21st Jan 2015 – Health Minister Jim Wells MLA of the DUP announces that he will maintain the present ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.
Indeed Dave, in the last few weeks of electioneering, deals done before result .?
kvalidir....yes, I agree. The DUP are a bunch of lovely charmers, aren't they !
There are other issues apart from gay rights.
True, but they're still rather important.

I highly doubt that May will do a deal that threatens them, but still it's a sad choice of bedfellow. See what the DUP ask for.
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I imagine the DUP will just want a bit of extra cash for their slice of the country re: brexit?
Free bowler hats perhaps ?

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