Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Ian Paisley.

I'm not sorry to see him go, for decades he pretended to be opposed to the sight of Unionist leadersentering power sharing arrangements with terrorists. Then last year he showed that he didn't object in principle to politicians prostituting themselves to terrorism but that he was merely haggling over the price all along.

The potential realignment of Northern Irish politics could be interesting to watch, a lot of the UUP couldn't join the DUP because of Paisley, so now he's gone there could be a surge to the DUP, but having only one Unionist party is simply not a tenable long term solution so there could be an entry by the mainland parties into the province.


James Higham said...

Least said the better on him.

Anonymous said...

I always thought that it was a give-away of the Beeb's attitude that they always implied a moral equivalence between the old loud-mouth and those two murderers Adams and McGuiness.

Ross said...

Dearieme, you're right about that. The equivalents of Adams and McGuinness would be the likes of Jonny Adair and Billy Wright.

Paisley was closer to in spirit to his fellow demagogue John Hume who for some reason was always portrayed as a moderate despite the fact that he rose to prominence by destroying genuine moderates like Gerry Fitt.