13 thoughts on “Anything Good In The News Letter?

  1. Formerly known as @ireland.com

    I would like to see the Better Together campaign if there was a referendum in Norn Iron. Apart from the British doing their best to ignore the ugly side of British nationalism, I don’t think they are that keen on their other northern neighbour.

    The UK of England, Wales and Northern Ireland doesn’t have the same ring to it.

    Over to you, Flashman.

  2. Odis

    Funnily enough the most devastating critique of Paisley, I’ve read so far, came from Kevin Myers in the Sunday Times(14/09/14). His testimony (briefly summarised) was that Paisley was a nasty, lying ****.

    1. Ed

      There’s an explanation for that. Myers as a young journalistic cub did his best to lick up to Paisley. He was rebuffed every time. That’s where the animus comes from. The London Times gave a devastating obituary too, said Paisley was a crook.

  3. Ultach

    Check out the Irish News opinion pages, 18 and 19. Moderate nationalists of an SDLP hue (e.g. Brian Feeny) have been very short on praise and long on condemnation. The shinner end of nationalism (e.g. Jim Gibney), on the other hand, has been gushing in praise, glossing over all the deaths many feel would not have happened but for his rhetoric. Ironic considering his personal friendship with John Hume and Hume’s undoubted influence on him during long inflight conversations between Belfast and Brussels/Strasbourg, where he saw the benefits of former enemies cooperating (loathe as Paisley would have been to admit that).

  4. Clampers Outside!

    According to some of the older members, the septuagenarians, of the Clampers family, Paisley only mellowed in his older years due to pressure from his wife as the wife didn’t want their kids and grand kids to be experiencing the hate that Ian himself did, and that she didn’t want that to be the family legacy……

    Clamper gossip or what…. anyone?

  5. Ultach

    Eileen definitely was a huge influence on him according to Paisley buffs (e.g. O’Moroney, O’Malley), throughout his career and in several directions. He always acknowledged the Irish Unionist tradition right from the early days.

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