I met with Ian Paisley briefly the other day. His often firey persona has been a dominant theme in Northern Irish politics since as far back as I can remember. He is greyer and thinner than he once was, but his spirit and wit is still impressive for a man knocking close on 80.
I asked him what he thought of A Long Peace?, our think piece on the future of Unionism of Northern Ireland. After pinpointing which of the many reports he’d been bombarded with in the last few months it was, he replied, “Aye, it wasn’t bad, I suppose”. I asked him if I could quote him on that, and he immediately qualified it by saying, “Well, what I mean is that it didn’t make my heckles rise! If you know what I mean?”