“To suggest such a thing misrepresents what motivates me”

In the Belfast Telegraph, Noel McAdam reports on the DUP leader, Ian Paisley’s comments at the Bannside DUP’s annual dinner at the weekend. The comments were also reported here, scroll down.There was a direct attack on his internal party, and some now external, critics.

“I am not on some selfish climb up the ladder of ambition, as some have said. To suggest such a thing misrepresents what motivates me,” he told party supporters in Ballymena, County Antrim.

“At nearly 81 years I do not need the spoils of office to satisfy me.”

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He added: “Those who attack my leadership and the determination of this party and those who break rank in weakness or cowardice ought to recognise that by breaking us republicanism will win.”

As well as some comments directed at Sinn Féin..

He said: “They may not admit it, but it is a fact that today they have had to bow the knee to the Northern Ireland that they sought to destroy and accept that if they want a political role in it they must also accept the parameters of Ulster’s place in the Union.

“We must face up to the reality that many of the nationalist and republican community, despite what the IRA has done to the people of Northern Ireland, supported a party that was part and parcel of the horrors of the past.

“Yes, it is distasteful that such representatives are their voice, but what are we to do – bury our heads in the sand and hope they go away? Do we wait for another generation to emerge while our country goes down the drain?”

Ian Paisley also referenced the proposed Irish Language Act and suggested progress had been made on a default mechanism to exclude ministers without collapsing the Executive..

The North Antrim MP claimed any attempts to introduce new Irish language legislation would be vetoed.

“No Assembly the DUP leads will pass such an act,” he said.

“We have made significant progress on the matter of a default mechanism that has the support of the cabinet.”

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  • páid

    Glad Big Ian’s cleared that up.

    There was I thinking this new respectful Northern Ireland was something Irish speakers could start to give allegiance to.

    Sigh.

    Now where did I leave those population statistics?

  • Greenflag

    “Yes, it is distasteful that such representatives are their voice, but what are we to do – bury our heads in the sand and hope they go away’?

    This has been standard Ulster Unionist Party operating procedure since the NI State was established. The only difference since 1969 is that the sand hole has deepened. Both the DUP and UUP have been competing to see who can dig NI into the deepest political hole possible . The DUP appear to have won/lost – take your pick.

    ‘Do we wait for another generation to emerge while our country goes down the drain?”

    What a Revelation. Paisley admits that NI has been going down the drain. Nothing to do with the DUP of course probably due entirely to the Pope and the Fenians etc etc not forgetting the UUP and a long list of British Prime Ministerial traitors etc etc

    The FM in waiting might want to stop referring to ‘our ‘country. It’s also ‘their’ country and if they did’nt agree to meet him last Monday then he would not be ‘our’s and their’s’ First Minister but just one of 108 former MLA’s .

    Henceforth the FM might want to keep a civil tongue in his head or that scorpion on his neck might just become agitated enough to have recourse to natural instinct !

    And then what ?

    Plan B ?

    It’s early days .

  • kokane

    If the Irish can’t talk the talk then it may be more unlikely that the Orangemen will be able to walk the walk.

  • lhossli

    Has anyone wondered what the history books in Northern Ireland schools are going to say about the past 75 years? Having read so many scathing and hateful remarks from Unionists regarding the Republican “surrender”, will all Northern Irish children hear the truth about the reasons for the war?

    Will Bobby Sands and the others who died so that their people would be free of the Unionist thugs be forgotten in a few years? Or will the Unionists deride them for being fools for a cause that never had a chance of succeeding? It’ll be interesting.

    I hope someone learned something by reading the history of Michael Collins.

    I truly wish you all the best. I have been following events in your country for a lot of years and I had hoped for a better outcome.
    For anyone who hasn’t seen it, there is a great set of videos on Youtube called The Ulster Troubles. The scenes shocked the crap out of me. I didn’t know how bad it actually was.

  • Reader

    Greenflag: The FM in waiting might want to stop referring to ‘our ‘country. It’s also ‘their’ country
    So, when nationalists use the word ‘our’ it’s presumed to be inclusive, but when unionists use ‘our’ it’s presumed to be exclusive? Or is it a bad word that nobody should use?

  • pete

    Paisley ‘s star is on the decline.