Hysterical reaction of British left to DUP is simplistic and naive

Arlene Foster is portrayed as a unionist ogre - but that’s to ignore history

DUP leader  Arlene Foster, signs a book of condolence for Martin McGuinness. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

DUP leader Arlene Foster, signs a book of condolence for Martin McGuinness. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

The surprising thing is that people are surprised when the Conservatives play the Orange card – that historic shorthand for British politicians using Irish unionism to further their own political agenda. We have been here before often enough, not least that episode from Irish history 100 years ago when the Tories decided the Orange card was the one to play to frustrate legitimate nationalist aspirations towards Home Rule.

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