Mocked-up images include Theresa May as an Orangewoman and in a flute band

The prospect of the DUP propping up a Conservative government has been lampooned online
Brendan Hughes

THE internet has been awash with satirical posts, pictures and videos poking fun at the prospect of a Tory government propped up by the DUP.

Mocked-up images include Theresa May depicted as an Orangewoman, as a flute band member, and surrounded on the green Westminster benches by hooded loyalists.

One picture of Downing Street shows it with red, white and blue kerbstones, Northern Ireland flags hanging outside – and an RHI boiler being installed by workmen.

An image of a police officer on guard at the entrance to Number 10 is also doctored to give him an Orange collarette.

The unlikeliest of celebrities and media personalities have also been reacting to the DUP's new position of influence following the election.

On news that DUP leader Arlene Foster is to meet Mrs May this week, former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq yesterday tweeted: "The same Arlene Foster who met UDA two weeks ago days after they'd shot and killed a man in front of his three-year-old in a supermarket car park."

The post was in reference to Mrs Foster meeting leading loyalist Jackie McDonald during canvassing in Belfast just days after a breakaway faction of the paramilitary organisation was linked to the murder of Colin Horner in Bangor.

The London press have also been busy writing 'explainer' articles to give their readers in Britain more of an insight into the DUP and its policies – such as its opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion.

A headline on news website The Independent reads: "Why is the DUP so controversial? The party's stances on abortion, gay marriage and climate change explained."

And on the Daily Mirror's site: "7 nasty or awkward DUP beliefs that show their deal with Theresa May could be a coalition of chaos".

The BBC's news website even had to explain what it meant by saying the DUP is "pro-union".

"Basically, they are pro-union (not Europe but UK), pro-Brexit and socially conservative," one article read.

And one journalist shared how she had to explain that 'LOL' was not a reference to a parody Twitter account, but instead meant 'Loyal Orange Lodge'.

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