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It’s a boy! June 22, 2021

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Jeffrey Donaldson has been declared the new leader of the Democratic Unionist Party after becoming the sole candidate.

The Lagan Valley MP replaces Edwin Poots, who he narrowly lost to in the previous leadership contest last month.

Though as we now know from DUP leadership elections this decade, the easy part is getting elected/declared leader, the difficult part is staying leader.


1. banjoagbeanjoe - June 22, 2021

Measured opening statement from him. “Deal with the protocol”… not “scrap the Protocol” or “abolish the protocol”. And no mention of the Irish Language Act. No hostages to fortune, so far.

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roddy - June 22, 2021

Can’t see Jeff lasting too long either.As for hostages to fortune ,I would’nt be too sure.


banjoagbeanjoe - June 22, 2021

Really? He has no easy job for sure. Keeping unionists and loyalists happy will be some task. But I’d say the DUPers and other unionists will get that they need some stability. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Donaldson in that job for five years or more.


wesferry - June 23, 2021

It’s going to take some class of smooth talking or hypnosis for DUP leader Donaldson to neutralise the Billy Boys brigade and UVF/UDA-backed ‘Loyalist Communities Council’ by getting them to swallow token changes by the EU to the Brexit Protocol.


WorldbyStorm - June 23, 2021

+1 Wes – and the other thing is his rhetoric is so clearly designed to give him an out but will that work for him?

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2. wesferry - June 24, 2021

“And a simple choice faces Jeffrey Donaldson: To wade deeper into the mire of confrontation and division over the twin challenges of the Irish Language Act and the Protocol, or to devise a strategy that recognises the inevitability of an Irish Language Act and the impossibility of killing the Protocol, all while keeping the hardliners on board.”


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WorldbyStorm - June 24, 2021

I wonder if the fact the hardliners hardliner, Poots disintegrated almost on the point of coming out the gate will have any effect? What’s your feeling on that wesferry – or to put it a different way will the shambles soften coughs (or more importantly allow them to mask reality even if they shout very loud to the contrary)?


wesferry - June 24, 2021

It’s a conundrum.

Unless the EU caves in and removes/replaces the Protocol (really?), how does Donaldson get out of the hardline red, white and blue corner he’s painted himself into with the UVF/UDA/LCC lurking?

I doubt that anything less than EU capitulation will ‘soften the cough’ of the UVF/UDA front, the LCC.

If the DUP is not seen to beat the EU, does the new leader pull down the Stormont Executive (which he’s currently not a member of, remember) and imperil the livelihoods of *all* the MLAs, including DUP MLAs who will bear the cost, unlike MPs such as Donaldson?

And then what?

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WorldbyStorm - June 24, 2021

Yeah, it doesn’t sound as if there’s an actual way out of this that can satisfy the reality of the governments essentially as one on the Protocol and the reality of a political party that is overwhelmingly hostile to that Protocol. And they don’t dare go for an election at the moment. So is stirring the pot and simmering discontent a strategy?


wesferry - June 24, 2021

Stir the pot till it boils over?

Agree that forcing an election has more dangers of SF winning than solutions for unionists, but how long would their chums in the Billy Boys Brigade give a new DUP leader who said either the Protocol goes or Stormont goes?

Stirring is a short-term tactic rather than a long-term strategy IMHO.

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WorldbyStorm - June 24, 2021

Precisely, that’s all they’ve got at the moment, tactics that they’re pretending are strategies. It’s no way to run a railroad.

And completely agree, the pressure to feed their base may push them towards an election that will likely do them no good. Unless they reframe it as yet another existential moment for NI.


banjoagbeanjoe - June 24, 2021
3. wesferry - June 25, 2021

Demands to abolish the protocol are not going to succeed. For one thing, the EU will never agree . . .
So Sir Jeffrey’s words when he was elected this week, calling on the UK and EU to “step up and recognise the flaws of the protocol”, are significant.
They could be the start of a more realistic, but still challenging, effort to steer unionist opinion away from insistence on the protocol’s removal.


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