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Paisley just led his followers up the garden path

Published 10/06/2015

Sir James Galway is right about Ian Paisley senior's baleful influence (News, June 6).

The DUP founder was a persuasive leader. Unfortunately, he led followers up the garden path.

Did his Third Force save Ulster from terrorism (or even exist)? Did he save Ulster from sodomy? Did he ensure terrorists would never, never, never, never be in power at Stormont? No.

Having weakened unionism and prevented an accommodation with constitutional nationalists, he ended up as the political sidekick of a former leader of the IRA. How many young men who set out to "fight for Ulster", fired up by Paisley's rousing rhetoric, ended up disillusioned, imprisoned, injured or dead?


Cultra, Co Down

Belfast Telegraph

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