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Sinn Fein may still take seats in Westminster

 

All and sundry are having great fun slagging off DUP talks about a confidence and supply agreement to keep the Tories in power.

John McDonnell, in particular, says he doesn't think the PM has a right to govern. He thinks Labour has more right to take power.

Not sure why. He's obviously forgetting Labour got even fewer votes than the Tories.

He will no doubt be ruing the fact that his Sinn Fein buddies (as well as, I suspect, some of those same buddies themselves) refuse to represent their constituents at Westminster.

If they did, a deal could maybe be done with them to see Corbyn in Number 10. Still not beyond the bounds of possibility. You never know.

Staunch republican principles could yet be sacrificed for the chance to put a spanner in the works of Westminster, as well as Stormont.

Stranger has happened.

Like Alliance redesignating from 'other' to 'unionist' to overturn a unionist majority, then back to 'other' immediately.

Or now, when we learn Northern Ireland Sinn Fein MPs argue that election to Westminster gives them speaking rights in Dail Eireann.

We could yet see them on their feet in the mother of parliaments. I wouldn't bet against it.

DISSENTER

Carrickfergus, Co Antrim

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