DUP

England, you wanted Brexit so you can pay for it

26 June 2017 18:03

The message to be taken from today’s Downing Street proceedings is a simple one: England, you wanted Brexit so you…

The DUP deal is a vulnerability for the Tories

26 June 2017 17:59

The DUP deal is a vulnerability for the Tories. Whatever justifications ministers come up with for the extra money for…

Why some Tories are deeply worried about the DUP deal

26 June 2017 12:51

The Tory DUP deal has been signed in Downing Street this morning, the text of it is on the government…

Give the DUP a chance

26 June 2017 12:09

A political party barely known outside Northern Ireland now holds the balance of power in Parliament. Nobody saw it coming, but then…

Why Theresa May’s position is safe, for now

24 June 2017 10:34

It would be hard to describe Theresa May’s post-election, premiership as anything other than weak. But, weirdly, this weakness is…

David Gauke takes a pop at his former boss

22 June 2017 16:47

Following the disappointing snap election result, Theresa May has had to relax her approach to government – gone are the days…

Labour should form a coalition with the DUP

21 June 2017 21:37

So, they limp on, and Corbyn is justified in holding aloft the Queen’s Speech in jubilantly derisive fashion. Some of…

DUP pushes a hard bargain as talks with Tories stall

20 June 2017 18:23

Tomorrow Theresa May will present a Queen’s Speech that doesn’t have the formal support of a majority of the House…

Is the British government about to be held hostage by head-banging biblical fundamentalists?

19 June 2017 13:31

Forgive the inflammatory headline, but that’s the conclusion that millions of Britons have drawn from media descriptions of the DUP.…

The cost of Theresa May’s deal with the DUP

14 June 2017 18:04

Theresa May’s deal with the DUP has been delayed as the government deals with the Grenfell Tower blaze. Even without the…

More money for Northern Ireland? At least the DUP and Sinn Fein can agree on that

13 June 2017 16:34

Well, Arlene and Theresa have met for negotiations about the DUP/Tory deal that a million people got so exercised about,…

Sir John Major makes life even harder for Theresa May

13 June 2017 13:58

When he was Prime Minister, John Major found his predecessor Margaret Thatcher to be an ‘intolerable’ backseat driver. Yet no…

Intolerant liberals have a new target: the DUP

12 June 2017 16:54

Memo to London-based liberals: not everyone shares your point of view. Some people — brace yourself for this — have…

The DUP’s wildest dreams have just come true

9 June 2017 12:32

If the election result has severely weakened Theresa May, it has correspondingly strengthened another female politician – Arlene Foster, the…

What went wrong for the Tories?

9 June 2017 6:22

Inside CCHQ there is a sense that three things cost them their majority in this election. First, the public were…

James Brokenshire is out of his depth as Northern Ireland Secretary

28 March 2017 9:34

There is a saying that whoever the Prime Minister hates, they appoint as Northern Ireland Secretary. James Brokenshire, Theresa May’s unlucky…

What the papers say: The perks – and pitfalls – of Brexit

28 March 2017 8:40

The clock is ticking. At 12.30pm tomorrow, Theresa May will be on her feet in the Commons declaring that Article…

Could the anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement help end Stormont’s stasis?

27 March 2017 17:20

You’d think, with Brexit talks starting sometime after Wednesday, that Northern Irish politicians would have something better to do than…

James Brokenshire plays for time in Northern Ireland. Will it work?

27 March 2017 16:52

The Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire is playing for time. In a statement made after the 4pm deadline for forming…

There may be trouble ahead for Northern Ireland

10 January 2017 15:40

It now seems obvious that Northern Ireland’s power sharing executive has fallen. Because of the way the country’s devolved government is set…

Peter Robinson’s departure intensifies Northern Ireland’s political crisis

10 September 2015 18:18

The political crisis in Northern Ireland has just become much more serious. Peter Robinson has stepped down as first minister…

PMQs returns with drones and a serious question from the DUP

9 September 2015 13:40

PMQs today was not the usual Punch and Judy show. Rather it was dominated by a serious exchange between Harman…

How Jeremy Corbyn could boost David Cameron’s majority

6 August 2015 11:46

Tories tend to think that Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader will be fabulously useful for their party, returning them an…

Tory rebels are already starting to cause trouble

3 June 2015 15:52

David Cameron might have had an enjoyable session teasing Labour at Prime Minister’s Questions, but as soon as he’d finished…

I have worked out the only possible way to build a viable government (but it’s not pretty)

6 May 2015 16:28

For the past few days the BBC website has had an interactive game where you have to build your own…