Funnily enough, the DUP aren’t particularly happy that Labour’s new Shadow Chancellor praised the ‘bravery’ of the IRA. They were already – as reported on Coffee House – nervous about Jeremy Corbyn becoming Labour leader. But a party source says:
‘Corbyn was a punch to roll with. He was elected after all. And ultimately he’s a “holy fool” of the left; it’s not to say he’s harmless, just that he’s fundamentally naive. But McDonnell? He was *chosen*. It’s sending us a message loud and clear and we’ve heard it.’
It could be that Corbyn’s victory and McDonnell’s appointment effectively increases Cameron’s majority, if the DUP refuses to vote with Labour now that it contains two men who are close friends with Sinn Fein and praised the IRA.