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Paisley's double standards on paying rates

I read in the recently released State Papers from 1987 that the late Ian Paisley secretly paid his rates bill after urging a rates boycott.

Mr Ken Bloomfield, the then Head of the Civil Service, reveals that Mr Paisley broke the boycott and paid the rates due on his manse and office in Belfast following being told of a threat to refer the matter to the Enforcement of Judgments office.

This revelation calls into question the man who formed the Free Presbyterian Church and preached the Gospel for many years, and who had urged folk to withhold their rates and bear the consequences whilst at the same time he was fearful and paid his own rates secretly.

I need not elaborate further as your readers will be well able to draw their own conclusions.

Freed Former Free Presbyterian

Co Antrim

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