In an interview with Sky News today, the DUP’s parliamentary leader Nigel Dodds delivered a blow to the Tories that will have sent tremors through Downing Street.
The Establishment media’s constant line to minimise the realism of the prospect of Labour bringing down the government has been that the DUP would never tolerate the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn in Number Ten – but Dodds had already shown the depth of his disaffection with the Theresa May’s government and the DUP’s recent conference made abundantly clear that the rest of his party is aligned with his view.
And now Dodds has created a shockwave by telling Sky News’ Adam Boulton that he has noted Jeremy Corbyn’s commitment to the Belfast (or ‘Good Friday’) Agreement – and hinting that the DUP’s interests and their view of the best future for Northern Ireland might be better served by seeing Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister than Theresa May:
A successful no-confidence vote when Labour brings its motion next Tuesday just suddenly looks a distinctly likely prospect.
In fact, if the DUP follows through on Dodds’ hint and other opposition parties swing behind the Labour leader, there’s even an outside possibility of a Corbyn-led government without the need for a new general election, although it’s likely he would want to call one to cement its mandate to govern.
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