DUP denies Paisley retirement plan

Last night Mick noted Frank Millar’s front page report in the Irish Times [no subs req], and today the DUP appear to have issued a response.

Reports this morning say the 81-year-old plans to relinquish his Westminster job, but remain on as First Minister in the North. A DUP spokesman, however, has dismissed it as “unfounded press speculation”.

Time will tell whether the speculation is unfounded or not.. and whether the novelty value lasts..

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  • hitler

    [i]Pete Baker “Reports this morning say the 81-year-old plans to relinquish his Westminster job, but remain on as First Minister in the North.”[/i]

    “in the north” ?

  • joeCanuck

    Neither here nor there.

  • cut the bull

    Hopefully there will be a bit of clarity here as to the big mans future intentions in relation tp the North Antrim westminister seat.

    But rumours have it that he intends to carry on in North Antrim, running in the next westminister election.

    I think he may answer questions about this subject like this,

    I’m still standing

    You could never know what it’s like
    when your in politics you pay a heavy price ice
    and you have to double job, ah sure the pay is good
    You have to be shrewd or,
    You’ll wind up like the wreck you hide behind that mask you use

    And I always top the poll and always win
    Well look at me, I’m coming back again
    I got the taste for North Antrim in a simple way
    And if you need to know while I’m still standing, others just fade away

    Don’t you know I’m still standing better than I ever did
    Looking like a true survivor, I couldn’t rely on my little kid
    I’m still standing after all this time
    Picking up the pieces of his lie’s with his fly moves on my mind

    I’m still standing yeah yeah yeah
    I’m still standing yeah yeah yeah

    Once again I know I’ll win, I’ll be,
    Sending Jimmy Allister down the road. He’ll not leave me again
    The threats he made were meant to cut me down
    And if Ulster was just a circus he’d be a clown by now

  • James W. Sutton North Antrim

    Lets hope the rumours aren’t true.

  • Sayless Sweeny

    Lets hope the rumours aren’t true.

  • Doctor Who

    The DUP are in a healthy position with regards to their mandate, so surely the big fella would be wise to call it a day.

    I have never been a fan of Paisley, however his record as a Parliamentarian, his longevity and his skills as an orator will never be forgotten.

  • perci

    cut the bull
    very good, like the others. Could you be persuaded to youtube these satirical songs.
    yes that means you’d have to do a sing-a-long 😉

  • McGrath

    The shit has hit the fan and is now spreading…


    It appears there are now more hands on the battering ram!

    Poor Mr Paisley:

    (1) If he knew what his son was up to and kept quiet about it, he is finished.

    (2) If he didnt know what his son was up to, he should have known, he is finished.

    Its the DUP versus everyone else (except Alliance who havent figured it out yet)

    Regarding Junior, can anyone predict the wording the DUP will use when they sacrifice him? Maybe Junior will join the Alliance party!

  • cut the bull


    I havent got the necessary hardware to get any thing onto youtube, but I sing along any way.

  • perci

    cut the bull,
    Hey its easy; use windows movie-maker; where you can cut’n’paste video clips, music clips, superimpose this that and the other and you’re away.
    No hardware needed, ok maybe a microphone; very cheap. Then upload the files to youtube.
    webcam even easier 🙂

  • cut the bull

    thanks for the tips I think I shall be starting to youtube shortly.

  • BonarLaw


    if (and a big if) anyone is “finished” it’s not Paisley Snr.

    BTW don’t hold your breath for the Speaker envoking “session [sic] 44”. (Piss poor BBC again)

  • perci

    looking forward to your 2008 collection cut the bull 🙂

  • martin

    Possible tactic if EU and Westminster elections in 2009 on same date to put Jim allister under pressure on whih battle to fight ?

  • cut the bull

    I have always waited in anticipation during the elections on Jim Allister being interviewed.

    I waited and waited on a reporeter asking Jim questions such as “Well Jim do you believe you and your party(then the DUP) did your best to fight or hold back in what proved to be a stiffly fought and at times a hard election all round”

    Try to imagine Jim Allister answering this, use your imagination.