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Why couldn't the DUP see history repeating itself? Edward Carson was also duped by Conservative Party

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Annoyed: Sir Edward Carson lamented how the Tories got into power in 1921

Annoyed: Sir Edward Carson lamented how the Tories got into power in 1921

Annoyed: Sir Edward Carson lamented how the Tories got into power in 1921

Much has been written recently about Sir Edward Carson, the great unionist leader, who declined the offer to become the first Prime Minister of Northern Ireland in February 1921.

Although a strong unionist, nevertheless he regarded himself as a patriotic Irishman. He was not an Ulsterman, but a Dubliner and throughout his life retained his strong Dublin accent.

He wanted a united Ireland, but an Ireland united under the British Crown. Although he regretted the partition of Ireland and supported the setting-up of a truncated Ulster, he saw it as a necessary compromise to keep as many unionists as possible connected with Britain.


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