If the Tories had given every non-Tory voter £50, it would’ve cost £70m less than the DUP deal

Posted 4 days ago by Louis Doré


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Details of the agreement between Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative government and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of Northern Ireland were revealed on Monday.

May and the DUP leader Arlene Foster shook hands on the deal which sees the DUP vow to support the Conservatives in key parliamentary votes in exchange for a “triple lock” on the state pension, the withdrawal of some Conservative manifesto pledges, and an extra £1 billion of funding for Northern Ireland, on top of the extra £500 million they usually receive.

Despite the government’s protests to the contrary, it’s being interpreted by much of the press that Theresa May has desperately bribed a Unionist party in Northern Ireland with investment, annoying Nationalists who claim it violates the Good Friday Agreement.

All to cling to power.



People are looking at the costs and the election results and working out whether this was really the cheapest way to buy a majority.



In the 2017 general election 18,566,218 votes were cast for parties other than the Conservatives. Bribing them all with £50 (assuming that’s the going rate), costs you $928,310,900.

That’s roughly £71.7 million short of the package pledged to Northern Ireland.

In other terms, the DUP just guaranteed an extra £3420.95 for Northern Ireland, per every vote they received in the election.

Or, as Theresa May needed only eight more seats for a majority, and was effectively 401 votes short in the eight closest Conservative losses – those 401 votes cost Theresa May roughly £2.5 million each.

More: There’s no magic money tree – unless you’re making a deal with the DUP



One Response to “If the Tories had given every non-Tory voter £50, it would’ve cost £70m less than the DUP deal”

  1. sovereigntea says:

    In effect unelected dictator Theresa May has bribed the DUP with over a £billion of taxpayers money siphoned off by cutting services over the rest of the UK. Clearly this constitutes Misconduct In Public Office and due to budget reductions will produce victims by way of even poorer standards of services everywhere except NI.

    Will the CPS prosecute May and her co-conspirators ? Or will the remarkably ugly Alison Saunders give May a free pass this aiding and abetting May as seems to be the case with evil May’s tortured political prisoner paedo victim and whistleblower Melanie Shaw who remains incarcerated at the behest of May and Saunders. Given their track record it seems reasonable to predict that the CPS will maintain its new found role of Criminal Protection Service keeping criminals in power.


    Scope of the offence

    Misconduct in public office is an offence at common law triable only on indictment. It carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. It is an offence confined to those who are public office holders and is committed when the office holder acts (or fails to act) in a way that constitutes a breach of the duties of that office.

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