What difference does a year make?

Brian Feeney didn’t pull any punches yesterday (or today on Stormont Live) when he tagged Paisley’s legacy as the ‘nasty party’. In fact the party has been on a slow turn. Maurice Morrow’s mildly sentimental eulogy nevertheless contained some important grains of truth, not least in his assertion that “prior to Dr Paisley, unionism was led by the big-house unionists and landowners. Ian changed all that and provided a voice for the working class.” Will Robinson mark a change from Paisley’s leadership. The tone of his speech was certainly measured and full of liberal aspiration. Here’s how it translates into a TagCrowd:

created at TagCrowd.com

You can compare it with the tagcloud from Paisley’s speech from last year.

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

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