While Jeremy Corbyn was pulling pints “for the many” at Glastonbury over the weekend, Theresa May was quietly finalising selling the Conservative government’s soul to the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party, otherwise known as the DUP.
It’s taken almost two weeks for the Prime Minister to negotiate a deal with the 10 MPs from the controversial party, who are anti-abortion, anti-same sex marriage, climate change deniers and supported by terrorist paramilitary groups. More fun facts about Arlene Foster and co here.
May needed the support of the DUP to boost Conservative numbers after the party failed to secure a majority government in the snap General Election on 8 June.
Unlike the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats in 2010, the two parties will not agree a formal coalition. However, the DUP have, according to the BBC, accepted an offer of £1billion extra funding over two years for Northern Ireland in exchange for backing Tory bills through Parliament.
Naturally, the deal’s gone down on social media like a lead balloon. It appears the much-fabled Magic Money Tree has been quietly growing at No.10 all along:
Theresa May to a nurse who hasn’t had a pay rise in 8yrs: “there’s no magic money tree”
May to DUP: Here’s £1.5 billion so I can keep my job
— Fiona Rutherford (@Fi_Rutherford) June 26, 2017
Tory-DUP deal is done. Theresa May is now officially a ‘terrorist sympathiser’.
This is a f*cking disgrace! pic.twitter.com/99MCr38ioa
— True Labour (@tedtully) June 26, 2017
BREAKING NEWS magic money tree found & it’s going to live in N.I. to keep the tories in power, Tory-DUP deal to hell with everyone else
— nicola j (@njayner) June 26, 2017
And lo! The Tories did conjure up the magic money tree to shower gifts on their homophobic, anti-choice, climate change denying friends
— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) June 26, 2017
As the famous rhyming couplet goes: there’s no such thing as a magic money tree, unless you need to do a deal with the DUP
— Matt Zarb-Cousin (@mattzarb) June 26, 2017
Am hearing that the Tory-DUP deal is now just a matter of “dotting the is and crossing out of the LGBTs”.
— Jane Merrick (@janemerrick23) June 26, 2017
Does anyone else feel a bit sick right now? We’re going back to bed.