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Why did DUP and UUP back a bad deal for Ulster?

Both the DUP and UUP are united in their admiration for David Cameron's isolationist stance on the EU.

Indeed, the DUP introduced a House of Commons motion fulsomely congratulating Cameron's so-called veto - this in spite of the fact that the Tories did not see fit to consult with any of the devolved assemblies prior to Cameron's EU treaty opt-out. Nigel Dodds declared that: "The prime minister has stood up for the UK's national interest", when in fact Cameron was really walking away from the euro deal on behalf of his friends in City of London finance houses.

Moreover, Cameron's coalition partner, Nick Clegg, has stated that: "Being isolated as one is potentially bad for jobs, bad for growth, bad for livelihoods of millions of people in this country."

And if it's potentially bad for Clegg's neck of the woods, then how much worse will it be for Northern Ireland?

On November 30, both the DUP and the UUP were again united in treating public sector workers with contempt by crossing their picket lines at Stormont.

Both have readily tail-ended Tory policy on public sector pension cuts.

Both are at one with George Osborne's failing anti-working class approach to the Budget deficit cuts strategy.

This raises the question of why the DUP was so scathing of the UUP's UCUNF project, given that Peter Robinson and Co have become the David Cameron Fan Club. It also raises the question of why non-Tory unionists would give their votes to the DUP/UUP.

RSG

Holywood, Co Down

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