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grufty jim
grufty jim
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Re: Now it's to be a formal coalition with cranks!
Jun 12, 2017, 23:11
nigelswift wrote:
What can you say?

For years Shaun Woodward was a tory "mover and shaker". He was John Major's campaign strategist in 1992, and was later elected as a tory MP. He then defected to New Labour and served as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland under Gordon Brown (for 3 years... which is a fairly decent stint in that job).

Point is... the guy is Establishment with a capital 'E' and has stood on both sides of mainstream UK politics. OK, that's not normally a ringing endorsement, but it's fair to say he's going to know a thing or two about Northern Irish politics. His assessment of the potential risks of the tories getting into bed with the DUP are sobering to put it mildly.

It's an assessment echoed by a lot of voices on this side of the Irish Sea. And not just Republicans. Commentators across the political spectrum are concerned this could blow up in a very unpleasant way.

Anyway, check out the radio interview here...

The first half covers the election in general; then there's some ads, but you can jump straight to 14:30 to hear his thoughts on a Tory/DUP alliance.
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