No deal is better than a bad deal
Martin Kettle of The Guardian writes this of Theresa May's dirty little arrangement with the Democratic Unionist Party, which promises £1 billion for Northern Ireland in return for hardline unionist support in Westminster:
"May never needed to do this deal. The DUP’s 10 MPs were never going to bring a Tory government down, least of all to hand the keys to Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour. Instead, May has given British voters a genuine grievance against Northern Ireland; given nationalists good reasons to mistrust power-sharing; undermined the UK’s status as an honest broker; worried our nearest and closest neighbour; and landed the Tories with an embarrassing alliance with a socially conservative party that threatens to make a mockery of Tory modernisation."
When Theresa May promised to walk away from EU talks if she didn't like what was being offered on Breixt, it gave her general election campaign a degree of respite from her disastrous manifesto, appealing as it did to eurosceptics and core supporters. It is therefore odd to see her offer the Democratic Unionist Party the earth, regardless of the consequences. Odd, but unsurprising. One thing that has become obvious over the past seven years is that the Tories will do anything to stay in power, even if it means scuppering a peace process that demands an impartial British government, breaking manifesto pledges whenever it suits them and abandoning fiscal discipline by suddenly finding a "magic money tree", a tree that May claimed not to have when asked about hospital funding in England.
As Kettle concludes:
"No good will come of it, and none deserves to, as May and [DUP leader] Foster will both surely soon discover."