An interesting piece on Ken Reid’s blog, highlighted by Pete Baker, on Slugger O’Toole. Sylvia Hermon, who, for her persistent attacks on her own party, has acquiring something of a reputation for independence, seems to be establishing an alliance with the DUP.
The deselected North Down MP has yet to announce her intention to stand in the forthcoming election, but she has clearly begun electioneering anyway. Reid highlights ‘cordiality’ between Hermon and DUP MPs, at the Westminster debate about policing and justice.
In fact Reid understands that no Democratic Unionist candidate will stand against Hermon in North Down and practical help ‘on the ground’ is likely to be forthcoming.
Of course it is not the first time that a Hermon - DUP axis has appeared. The same protagonists banded together to force Labour’s draconian 40 day pre-trial detention legislation through the Commons. Indeed, O’Neill ably demonstrates, that Hermon, despite her liberal reputation, is even more authoritarian than the DUP, according to Liberal Democrat Voice.
With Sammy Wilson coming out against recommendations for a cut in Corporation Tax yesterday, and haranguing company directors, it’s not hard to see a left-authoritarian alliance developing between Labour, Hermon and the DUP.
The people of North Down are reputedly attached to their current MP, but do they really want to cast a vote for a figure who supports a discredited Labour government at Westminster and a sectarian carve-up at Stormont?