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Direct, degenerate rule.

MPs have backed amendments which require the government to liberalise abortion and extend same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland if devolution is not restored.

It was part of a Commons debate aimed at keeping NI running in the absence of devolved government.

Its main purpose is to extend the government’s legal power to delay a fresh Stormont election […]

The DUP reacted angrily to the decision to allow the abortion and same-sex marriage amendments to be debated in Parliament.

Speaking before the same-sex marriage amendment was approved, the party’s Westminster leader, Nigel Dodds, said if approved by MPs, the amendment would “drive a coach and horses through the principle of devolution”.

North Antrim MP Ian Paisley said it would be unhelpful to the talks process at Stormont.

Given the opportunity to keep NI government running, MPs have chosen to impose their own far-left bigotries and degenerate habits. So much for devolution and consent. At every opportunity, the leftist will colonise.

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  1. Well done Westminster. A rare moment of decisively good political action. A refreshing antidote to our Brexit stasis.

  2. “North Antrim MP Ian Paisley said it would be unhelpful to the talks process at Stormont.”

    Maybe a wee all expenses paid trip to Sri Lanka or the Maldives would be helpful to the talks process.

  3. The laws only come into effect if the DUP don’t agree a deal to restore devolution by the 21st October. The DUP can block this if they so wish. They just need to agree a deal to do it.

  4. Seamus

    Isn’t it the case that Sinn Fein want the DUP not to use the ‘petition of concern’ to block same sex marriage as a condition of agreeing to return to government ?

  5. Not really. They’ve talked about it but it isn’t a key issue. Not least as the DUP don’t have the numbers to use a petition of concern by themselves. For Sinn Féin it is all about an Irish Language Act. If the DUP back an ILA then Sinn Féin will sign a deal to go back into government.

  6. To stop same sex marriage? Probably not. Even if devolution is restored SSM is likely going to be introduced. To stop abortion? Maybe, not least as the numbers for abortion in the Assembly are on shakier grounds than the numbers for SSM. The question the DUP will ask is will the courts (and Westminster) impose abortion even if the DUP agree a deal on an Irish Language Act? If they think they won’t then I could seem them agreeing a deal. If they think they will then they aren’t gaining anything by doing a deal.

  7. Thanks Seamus but I should have been clearer I was referring specifically to the DUP agreeing to an Irish Language Act.

  8. Colm
    The DUP keep saying they won’t sign up to any ILA. That was the issue that dragged them back in at St. Andrews. The British government made a promise to introduce an ILA. The DUP came back into talks with the slogan, Smash the Irish Language Act. The British government, surprise surprise, reneged on its promise. It was the carrot they used to bring the DUP back.
    That’s what is happening now, although I think it might be more like 2 carrots, one for the DUP – Same Sex Marriage, and one for SF – Abortion.

  9. “Thanks Seamus but I should have been clearer I was referring specifically to the DUP agreeing to an Irish Language Act.”

    One one hand yes there is a chance. In fact the DUP negotiating team signed up to one in February 2018. Arlene Foster couldn’t sell it to her party. And that is why on the other hand likely no. While the DUP have disproportionate influence on Westminster their MPs aren’t afraid of direct rule (as they see it direct rule on their terms as they have the Tories over a barrel). The overwhelming sense is that Foster couldn’t get it past her MP team and because of that the MLA team started to balk at the idea.

  10. The events in the US were mentioned here by Pete a while back…….

    Pete Moore, on November 8th, 2016 at 7:58 PM Said:

    There seems to be only paedophilia and murder left in her ‘to do’ list.

    Pretty sure she’s been there. We know for sure that Bill C. was a frequent flyer on Epstein’s Lolita Express.


    Former President Bill Clinton distanced himself on Monday from Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire financier and former donor who was arrested for child sex trafficking over the weekend.

    Clinton, who has taken a lower public profile since the 2016 presidential race, issued a statement through his press secretary, Angel Ureña, claiming to know “nothing about the terrible crimes” Epstein is purported to have committed.

    The statement denotes that “staff, supporters of the Foundation,” and the former president’s Secret Service detail were along on “every leg” of those trips.” Fox News, however, reported in May 2016 that Clinton went on at least 26 trips aboard Epstein’s plane — the “Lolita Express” — between 2001 and 2003, according to flight logs from the Federal Aviation Administration.

    Perhaps Trump is using his Samson option?

  11. The DUP learn the hard way the truth of the old adage: “Never trust the Tories.”

    They will learn it again when Johnson signs an electoral pact with Farage and calls an October general election with the express intention of gaining a Tory-Brexit Party majority which will sideline them for good. And if he succeeds in that and follows it up with the hard Brexit that he plans for, then all bets about the survival of the UK are definitely off. Of course Scotland will be first out the door, but Northern Ireland will not be long afterwards. And the English National Party (formerly the Conservative and Unionist Party, aka the Tories, now merged with the Brexit Party) will say “good riddance!”

  12. There’s been no devolved govt in the state of NI for more that two years and this should be seen as a metaphorical stick to pressurise the DUP into working out a deal. It’s good to see that Pete’s championing the rights of the electorate in the North though. Not doubt he’ll also respect their decision on Brexit.

    Peter, the DUP will learn the meaning of perfidious Albion the first opportunity the Con government get. As soon as the DUP outlive their usefulness they’re toast.

  13. It doesn’t matter if there’s no government, local or devolved, in the state of NI anyway. These guys are obviously in charge:

  14. I heard a great phrase on LBC the other day McG, that the DUP were ‘recreationally British’

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