Paisley action betokens inner DUP tensions

Lindy McDowell doesn’t believe there is any tension in the Paisley household over Rhonda Paisley’s decision to take action against the officers of the DUP – her father and brother included. Even Paul Berry, who is taking separate action against the party is named. Liam Clarke believes it has arisen because of a tension between the modernisers and the traditionalist old guard.

  • I’ll be interested to see how all this pans out!

  • Butterknife

    Who will make the tea from now on!

  • fair_deal

    Who will make the tea from now on!

    Lady Eileen of Cyprus Avenue 😉

  • Butterknife

    Will Paisley Snr be called Rt. Hon. Dr. Lord Rev. Ian Paisley PC MP MEP?
    Also on a serious note i have a suspicion that the Government are ready to make some concessions to the unionists. As to what i do not know.

  • Butterknife

    Sorry MLA not MEP (he no longer belongs to the Popish Parliment)

  • ButterknifeAlso on a serious note i have a suspicion that the Government are ready to make some concessions to the unionists. As to what i do not know.
    you will be sure to let us know the minute you hear anything won’t you 😉

  • Butterknife

    spirit-level
    I promise i will tell you first. And the bubble will remain in the centre;) But in all seriousness (again) how many meeting have the DUP boycotted (while in power, as to speak) they must have an ‘Ace up their sleeve’ or else they really are not fit for anything.

  • cynical

    so does Paisley snr be a lord now that his wife has been elevated to the House of Lords?

  • Butterknife

    A peer can not sit in the House of Commons unless his or partner was elevated, e.g. Lady Hermon’s husband is a Knight therefore she has a courtesy title.

  • fair_deal

    By rights sylvia hermon should not be referred to as lady hermon, it should be only used when referring to her husband AND her

  • Shore Road Resident

    Also, by rights, Ian Paisley should not be referred to as ‘Doctor’ because he only has a mail-order qualification from a dodgy university.
    But let’s not split hairs.

  • steve48

    “Also on a serious note i have a suspicion that the Government are ready to make some concessions to the unionists. As to what i do not know.”

    Concessions is an interesting term as it would suggest that there has been some backroom negotiations to agree what would be given. Interesting that the DUP have declared that the amnesty for all terrorists is not a deal breaker which suggests that they are implementing the comprehensive agreement that they negotiated with SF in autumn 04. I have to say I am less than impressed that the £20 a year I’ll save from the rates reduction for Orange Halls was gained by the DUP agreeing that no terrorist will ever stand before a court or be held accountable for any crime committed before 1998. This was a deal breaker for Jeffrey in 98 why not now.

    Has to be said that their smoke and mirrors act is beginning to wear a little thin. The fact that SF were the only party to ask for 7 councils and seems likely to get it would suggest that the big man with the big mandate can’t deliver any more than the UUP and in many cases would appear to deliver less.

  • Butterknife

    In the distant past, when Elves; Hobbits; and Dwarves roomed the Earth i was always told that to win elections you tell the people your dreams to get elected then you compromise on your dreams in private to keep your pension. But then i am cynical…

  • Stalford’ll be raging

    What wing of the party is Senior Stalford on?

  • Adrian

    Actually, Paisley’s Doctorate is to do with Calvinism and Calvin’s ideas of how a New Catholic church should be organised. It’s perfectly valid, but in exactly the same way as I could call myself Bishop or Pope, or whatever should I decide so.

    Is Rhonda yer wan who used to present a TV programme on a Saturday night back in the day but then walked out when Gerry Fitt started slegging her over her da?

  • Duncan Shipley Dalton

    “Has to be said that their smoke and mirrors act is beginning to wear a little thin. The fact that SF were the only party to ask for 7 councils and seems likely to get it would suggest that the big man with the big mandate can’t deliver any more than the UUP and in many cases would appear to deliver less.”

    Without trying to be snarky about it to what extent was the result that the UUP delivered simply the best availble then? Is it simply the case that the mythically gifted unionist leadership has yet to arrive or is a flaw to keep seeking it?