Ian Paisley is DUP politician and MP
Ian Paisley MP has sarcastically quipped that he needs to “lie down and recover from the shock” of Sinn Fein’s Stormont leader Michelle O’Neill using the term ‘Northern Ireland’ for the first time on record.
Once upon a time, the Conservative Party had great interest in Northern Ireland elections. Well, I say once — it was back in 2017. That was the year the Tories needed the DUP's backing to remain in power and Arlene Foster willingly offered it to then-Conservative leader Theresa May, in exchange for £1bn in funding for Northern Ireland.
Drive up the Shankill Road in west Belfast and you come to a series of billboards about the Troubles. As you would expect, they tell stories from a loyalist perspective, featuring atrocities committed by republicans.
From the English Nationalist Party and 'I Will Survive', to 'Dougamorous' and sofa budgets, Andrew Madden takes a closer look at some of the more unusual things in the Assembly and further afield this week.
We are accustomed to a bold, brash Ian Paisley, but the DUP MP’s voice was laden with dejection and despair as he spoke in the House of Commons about the Tories’ Brexit betrayal.
DUP politician Ian Paisley has received free tickets worth around £3,200 to several major sporting events in recent months. He has had more “freebies” in the past year than any of the other 17 Northern Ireland MPs.
When one of Ian Paisley’s most astute biographers was attempting to convey the novelty of how the cleric had melded the sacred and the secular to achieve great political power, he had to go back to Cardinal Wolsey in 16th century England and Cardinal Richelieu in France a century later.
From Dr Who and stamp geek-ery, to a renegade unionist and BoJo’s dream bridge, Andrew Madden takes a closer look at some of the more unusual things in the Assembly and further afield this week.
Sometimes — just sometimes — the most complicated of moral dilemmas, or what seem to be, are actually very simple indeed. Such as how to mark the passing of someone who committed appalling crimes.
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