Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Paisley bows out

It's surely no coincidence that Ian Paisley's final act as First Minister is to open the new Belfast ferry terminal - enhancing the physical link between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.
 
I wish him well. He read the political runes right two years back and performed a quiet, dignified adaptation of his Unionist stance which made the tail-end of his long career the most productive for everyone in Ulster.
 
Ironically, his guest of honour today is his separatist Scots counterpart, Alex Salmond, who, as he looks across the 20-mile stretch to the Galloway coast, probably wishes the Romans had had the presence of mind to build a supersized Hadrian's Trench.

8 Comments:

At 8:01 p.m., Blogger Abdul-Rahim said...

Yes after 30 years of being utterly anti-peace he managed to change his tune just in time to benefit from it in a most extraordinary way. Good on 'im.

 
At 5:15 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

He will meet his maker and face judgement for the hatred he aroused in people for their neighbours.

Shame on all men of supposed faith who behave as Paisley did for so long. He is a hyocrite and a frightened old man who is near his end and wanted to try to redeem his past evils before he finally bites the bucket.

If he was a younger man in his prime his dark heart would still promote hatred. Apologies if I sound biblical but it is big Ian.

 
At 10:44 p.m., Blogger Rhetoric Innes said...

Good post thanks for the info.

 
At 8:28 p.m., Anonymous pete said...

"Paisley bows out"

I trust you're not bowing out yourself, Big John? :(

 
At 10:40 p.m., Blogger B.U. said...

Someone noticed! Just taking a long summer break like last year. Back September.

 
At 6:47 p.m., Anonymous pete said...

Good news. Have a good one.

 
At 9:20 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noticed too ;)

Percy

 
At 10:14 p.m., Anonymous bill said...

We all noticed! Hope to see you back soon.

 

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