Quotes about Boris Johnson

Because Johnson’s deal brings the end of the union closer than has any previous pact, it is an anger which may prove very difficult to contain

There is today an anger across all sections of unionism which I haven’t seen since 1985 (one mass rally at the time sparked DUP leader Ian Paisley’s famous “Never! Never! Never!” speech). And, because Johnson’s deal brings the end of the union closer than has any previous pact, it is an anger which may prove very difficult to contain. Which leaves the DUP with some problems: how does it contain the anger, restore its credibility within unionism, block Johnson’s deal, and lessen the chances of an early poll on a united Ireland?

One thing it now knows for certain is that it cannot trust Johnson: even if the prime minister tries to appease it with a lorry-load of reassurances. The party’s priority must be to find a way of removing itself from the series of hooks it has placed itself on since June 2016, when it backed Brexit. And it will have to admit that the uber-unionist nonsense that accompanied its relationship with the ERG was a monumental miscalculation. For the DUP, as with all Northern Ireland unionist parties, the union eclipses every other issue.

28 October 2019 – Alex Kane, former director of communications for the Ulster Unionist party