I’ve only met Ian Paisley face to face the once. That occasion was memorable partly for the moment I turned my back to walk away, when gave his distinctly unwhispered advice to a colleague, that he should never trust the press because however pleasant they are to your face, there’s always a sting in the tail.A noteable change in the last year has been the press’s attitude towards him and his party. Last night Chris Thornton talked about a born again Paisley, but he could also be talking about markedly more respectful media establishment, now the big man finally has power of real constitutional moment.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty