UK news Allison Morris: Arlene Foster pushed out by 'dark forces' as DUP lurches to far Right last news
PremierLeague-News.Com - A week really is a long time in politics, as outgoing DUP leader Arlene Foster discovered in the most ruthless way over the last seven days.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! "A week really is a long time in politics, as outgoing DUP leader Arlene Foster discovered in the most ruthless way over the last seven days. The first woman to lead the party of the Rev Ian Paisley was never a perfect fit. A former member of the Ulster Unionist Party, she defected as an opponent of the Good Friday Agreement.Her leadership nomination, as a single candidate hand-picked by Peter Robinson, was a surprise, with most of the money at the time on Nigel Dodds taking his turn at the top.While a woman of faith, she is not a Free Presbyterian and therefore broke the mould in a number of ways.There is no doubt that, as the first female First Minister in Northern Ireland's history and the leader of a party more associated with middle-aged men, Mrs Foster was subjected to misogyny both inside and outside of her party.Like any female in a high-profile role, that abuse was at times of a sexual nature in a way that no male politician would ever have to endure.There have been moves for quite some time to remove Mrs Foster from her post, by those within the old guard of the DUP who were never really comfortable with her leadership.You have to wonder how much of the "dark forces" Mrs Foster referred to recently were members of her own party.Politics is a ruthless business, but even knowing that, the swiftness at which Mrs Foster was forced from office must sting.This is evidenced by the fact she has not only announced her intention to stand down both as leader of the DUP and First Minister, but - if sources are correct - to leave the party and, one would assume, politics.For a woman who styled herself on Margaret Thatcher and spoke about how seeing the Iron Lady in Downing Street inspired her to get into politics, the two women's political demise was incredibly similar.During her first appearance since announcing her resignation, at Maguiresbridge Primary School in her Fermanagh and South Tyrone constituency, she cut a lonely figure.Without a Press officer, or adviser, by her side, the message was clear: she is now outside of the DUP and no longer has the support network that comes with being a member of a large political party.
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.As we enter into a new week, a week that holds huge significance for unionists, marking the centenary of the formation of Northern Ireland, people will of course be looking at the DUP leadership battle for an indication of what direction the party is heading in.For, regardless of what section of the community you come from, regardless of what party you vote, or don't vote for, the leadership of the largest unionist party will have an impact on all our lives.Arlene Foster was far from liberal and her continual blocking of any modernisation of reproductive rights means she is certainly not a feminist and I doubt she'd describe herself in such terms.But she had it seems put her finger in the air and realised what way the wind was blowing and that young unionist voters do not hold the same religious fundamentalist views as some of the older generation. That did not mean taking the DUP down a liberal route by any means, but not using Stormont mechanisms to continually block social progress could have helped the party from losing more votes to the Alliance Party.Instead, as we look to the week ahead, it seems the DUP is determined to go back to the party formed by Ian Paisley, a party that will appeal to the Bible-belt voters, but is that really how to secure survival electorally?And given the week it is, in the long term will that help preserve the Union they hold so dear?According to yesterday's Sunday Life, Mr Poots, while keen to be leader, has no desire to be First Minister, knowing that working closely with Sinn Fein in the Executive Office will damage his own hardline stance.Instead, if sources are correct, his close friend Paul Givan has been told he will get the job if he can convince enough of his MLA colleagues to back Poots.Should he succeed, it will be interesting to see if any women will make it into the revamped DUP's ministerial team.Poots famously told Arlene Foster that her most important job remained "that of a wife, mother and daughter".Far from saving the DUPs fortunes, it seems hard to comprehend how such a move to the far Right will be anything other than damaging in the long term.In the meantime, I dearly hope that, on her departure from politics, Arlene Foster is planning to pen her memoirs. We might learn then who the "dark forces" in her own party are.A delicious prospect that must have some male members of the DUP extremely worried."
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