What a shower!
Such is their meretricious nature that Theresa May and her conservative party are, as Terry Thomas would have said, “A shower. An absolute shower!”
Of the £1 billion recently promised by May to Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party to prop up her minority government, £910 million is to be spent over the next two years. Thereafter, their agreement will be reviewed with the likelihood of additional cash demands from the DUP.
In other words, over the next two years the votes of each DUP member of parliament will cost us £91 million. That is £8.75 million a week that could otherwise have been spent on the NHS or supporting the vulnerable within society across the UK as a whole. But of course, as Theresa May told our nurses (and as parroted by the Home Secretary Amber Rudd on welfare payments for the disabled) there is no magic money-tree for them, only, it seems, for a bunch of regressive, misogynistic, homophobic creationists with a dodgy history of supporting terrorists. As Bonaparte said: “En politique, une absurdité n’est pas un obstacle”.
So, not much humour in this week’s limerick …
There isn’t a magic money-tree,
For nurses or the likes of you and me,
But to stay in power
That tawdry shower
Of Tories found one for the DUP.
Postscript: this is not entirely true, of course. It neglects the magic money-tree available since 2009 for bankers (aka quantitative easing) that was used to get them off the hook for the financial meltdown that they caused while the dispossessed pay the price. Theresa May’s much vaunted Christian faith seems distinctly Old Testament: The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. Proverbs 22:7.
Plus ça change …