Will Junior make a comeback..?

COULD Ian Paisley Jr stage a political comeback? The North Antrim MLA has not been guilty of any wrongdoing, despite numerous complaints about his activities, and views the latest dismissal of a complaint about his activities as a “total vindication of my stance from the outset and of my reputation”. And in a little-reported section of his response to the verdict of the Standards and Privileges committee, Paisley Jr fired a shot across the bows of the media when he added that his solicitor would be continuing to pursue another case against the Daily Mail – his solicitor being libel lawyer to the stars, Paul Tweed. Hopefully, this won’t dissuade scrutiny from the media – and it’s perfectly possible to highlight politicians’ dealings within the law. Some in the DUP feel Mr Paisley has been unfairly hounded by the media, although the level of public party support for him when he resigned as a junior minister suggests that feeling is far from unanimous. The sustained questioning of his activities also begs the question – if Paisley Minor hasn’t broken the rules, should MLAs take another look at the lack of accountability in the Assembly? I wonder what the level of public confidence is in the ability of Stormont to police itself. After all, Paisley Jr is but one Assemblyman…

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  • fin

    What a ropey investigation, it is unbelievable that their investigation consisted of asking the estate agent what his thoughts were on the deal.

    While I’m aware that house prices were rising quickly at that time, its hard to believe that it increased in value by so much in such a short period.

    The estate agent gives the time lapse from IPJ agreeing a price to the completion of the 2nd sale. Giving, say, 8 weeks from agreeing to buy a property to completing, than the price was agreed on both properties approx 16 weeks or 4 months apart.

    factoring in the difference in size to the prices paid, I believe this turns IPJ’s £114,500 investment into £176,250, a return of over 50% in approx 4 months.

    Had the sale of the 2nd property been agreed at the same time it would have sold for £76,333 and not £117,000 just 4 months later.

    I find this wholly unbelieveable

  • Pigeon Toes

    People are surprised by “ropey investigations”?

    http://www.drdni.gov.uk/index/publications/publications-details.htm?docid=4891

    Here’s another which cost us the taxpayer £55,000. It made much of the complainants’ psychological state and Eu legal aspects, despite the fact that the two paid ex civil servant “consultants” have neither legal or medical qualifications.

    Perhaps it would be a timely to remind our public Officials of the criminal charges of “Misconduct in Public Office” and “Misfeasance in Public Office”

  • Pigeon Toes

    People are surprised by “ropey investigations”?

    http://www.drdni.gov.uk/index/publications/publications-details.htm?docid=4891

    Here’s another which cost us the taxpayer £55,000. It made much of the complainants’ psychological state and EU legal aspects, despite the fact that the two paid ex civil servant “consultants” have neither legal or medical qualifications.

    Perhaps it would be timely to remind our public Officials of the criminal charges of “Misconduct in Public Office” and “Misfeasance in Public Office”

  • Padraig Caughey

    [b]The North Antrim MLA has not been guilty of any wrongdoing, [/b]

    Really?

    I thought only God might sound forth with such certitude in Junior’s rectitude.

    Perhaps you meant to say:

    The North Antrim MLA has not been [i]proven[/i] guilty of any wrongdoing, guilty of any wrongdoing,

  • Pigeon Toes

    A potential whistleblower who raised safety concerns about the ferry he worked on was unmasked when the Government sent his personal details to his employer, it was revealed today.

    An official’s decision to forward the emailed complaint to the operator of the Rathlin Island service in Northern Ireland, without shielding his identity, has been highlighted by a probe into the transfer of the £3 million contract to run ferries between the remote island and the Co Antrim coast.

    Independent investigators, who have identified a series of errors in the Stormont administration’s procurement process, described the email incident as an error of judgment that should never have happened. ”
    From the Belfast Telegraph.
    It will be interesting to see whether Conor Murphy is able to repond positively to Jim Wells’ question as to whether DRD have written to apologise to the whistleblower (due for answer on 11th March). I suapect not.

    Perhaps the whistleblower might do well to contact Mr Paul Tweed, since he is clearly identifiable in the report…

  • danielmoran

    to padraig caughey [msg 4] absolutely correct. this is a case crying out for scottish law to apply the verdict ‘not proven’ springs to mind. anyway, aren’t parliamentary inquireis by their very nature [devised by politicians] suspect?

  • Pigeo n Toes

    If Ian Jnr brings a case against the Daily Mail, then the matter will be tested in a court, which might be rather different to Tom Frawley’s “investigation”.

  • danielmoran

    to pigeon toes…. you’re right, any court case would bring more stringent conditions to bear and shine a harsher light than any toothless westminster committee. anyway, does the dup really want any of the paisley’s back after throwing them aside so ruthlessly and publicly? i doubt it very much. it’s all over for ipj. finito.

  • fin

    “administrative hiccup” is the quote mentioned for the property not been in his name, his actual quote was “I am aware that there is some sort of administrative hiccup in Land Registry,”

    At the time I believe Robbo was Finance Minister and so overseer of the Land Registry, In a written answer to an Assembly question, Junior’s party colleague said: “I can confirm that Land Registers is not responsible for any administrative irregularities at Ballyallaght Farm Cottages, Bushmills.”

    Of course, its swings and roundabouts, the outrageous profits on his house are offset by the outrageous rent the Paisleys pay Juniors father in law (or possibly Sweeney – the mortgagee)their Church Street office which at £57,200 for one property is almost three times higher than the next highest MLA claim.

    It was the SDLP MLA Declan O’Loan who stirred most of this up.

    The same H&M;’s programe which saw IPJ big up O’Loans party was also the one where he squirmed uncomfortable when reminded of the reasons for his ministeral resignation by SF.

  • Pigeonn Toes

    “It was the SDLP MLA Declan O’Loan who stirred most of this up.”

    I think you might find that it was Nevin, Sluggers’ Political Blogger of the year.

  • Pigeon Toes

    administrative hiccup” is the quote mentioned for the property not been in his name, his actual quote was “I am aware that there is some sort of administrative hiccup in Land Registry,”

    Jeez Ian should be DRD Minister, they have similar uncanny “coincidences” eg. third party mail they have had “sight of” yet FOI requests show their officials are “in receipt of”

  • fin

    and there’s still the little issue of his 9-11k a year as his daddy’s researcher

  • Pigeon Toes

    and there’s still the little issue of his 9-11k a year as his daddy’s researcher

    Aye something to do with salmon fishing licences

  • Neil

    It appears to me that it would be politically daft to bring Ian back. He’s not likeable to the point of being an arse, surely they could find someone who would attract more votes in his constituency (North Antrim is it?). He’s repugnant to too many people, but then that’s never stopped the good ole boys making hay in the country.

  • frustrated democrat

    There are still many questions to be answered about the constituency office in Ballmena – this has been covered many times here and the questions remain unanswered. If there is nothing to hide why aren’t they.

    That allied to the question marks over the valutations in the cottage case make it very doubtful the DUP would want to risk it.

  • fin

    Its ashame he’s scrubbed up nicely in recent times, compared to the lank greasy mullet haired git that he was, and his deportment is a lot better, I think he might weasle his way back in yet, geez its his dads business afterall, not saying he’ll ever be leader of the party, but wouldn’t be surprised if he contested it sometime in the future.

    Which if he can wangle his way out of these little issues, it shows the mark of a good politican

  • Crow

    Personally I would be very surprised if he was not a DUP candidate for Westminster next year. North Antrim has been represented by a Paisley for the better part of 40 years and something tells me that won’t change any time soon.

  • Pigeon Toes

    A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman said: “A 43-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office and complicity in corruption in public office.”
    Wonder when such arrests will be made in Northern Ireland?

  • “the level of public confidence is in the ability of Stormont to police itself”

    Is the committee system a waste of space – and taxpayers’ money? We’ve recently had what amounts to an expensive coat of whitewash followed by promises of action in December by Fred Cobain and Declan O’Loan. Since then: SILENCE

  • “total vindication of my stance from the outset and of my reputation”

    I suppose it depends what that ‘reputation’ is …..

  • danielmoran

    to nevin….. cutting to the nerve eh, nevin. never spoke a truer word. there are reputations and there are reputations…..

  • Pigeon Toes

    The phrase “total vindication” might also be somewhat ambiguous.

    This matter has not been tried in court.

  • Pigeon Toes

    “Combating Corruption & the Misuse of Public Office
    Many countries are ratifying international and national legislative frameworks such as the United Nations Convention Against Corruption and those of the OECD, EU, and African Union. This course unravels these frameworks and investigates their impact on standards in public life, preventive measures and the investigation and prosecution of corruption.

    The course director is Professor John Hatchard of the Open University, UK, who is one of the co-authors of the definitive textbook on Corruption and the Misuse of Public Office.

    Who should attend
    Government officials; parliamentarians; staff of law enforcement agencies, law schools, professional legal training institutions, business schools, banks and donor organisations; private sector managers; representatives of civil society organisations.”
    http://www.crownagents.com/Training/Course.aspx?contentID=3275

    Nevin, Perhaps you might like to forward the details of the above course to O Loan and Cobain.

    But then again it might be more “effcient” to spend taxpayers money on the cover up.

  • danielmoran

    pigeon toes msg 22. when i think about ipj, i’m reminded, for some reason, of the quote which appeared on a leonard cohen record sleeve in 1971 ‘they locked up a man who wanted to rule the world. the fools, they locked up the wrong man’

  • Pigeon Toes

    2. Northern Ireland Data In practice, cases of corruption are dealt with under a variety of charges, and in recent years there have been only about 25-35 prosecutions annually in England and Wales (none in Northern Ireland for the years 2001, 2002, 2003) under the offences which the proposals would replace. If the law were clarified this figure might rise, but even so it will remain a relatively low figure in comparison with, for example, fraud
    http://209.85.229.132/search?q=cache:BnaJkspJZNYJ:www.nio.gov.uk/addendum_to_consultation_document_on_corruption_law_reform.pdf+corruption+public+office+law+northern+ireland&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=uk

    Wonder why that is?

  • Pigeon Toes

    “A government-sponsored study has found that Ireland suffers from high levels of lawful corruption.”

    From the Belfast Telegraph the other day

  • Junior was talking effluent in Ballymena this week.

  • Pigeon Toes

    “His confidence suggests he expects to be cleared again, and that a conclusion that no rules have been broken will once again be reached.”

    Does that sound fami liar Nevin?

    Would you believe such prophecies were made, and put in writing prior to the Rathlin Ferry Report?

  • £55,000 was spent on the Rathlin ferry saga investigations. I wonder how much has been spent on the various investigations into Junior’s conduct.

  • Pigeon Toes

    Depends who their phone contarct is with, a quick call to the estate agent?

    Wonnder if the transaction was noted at the time?

  • Le Corbusier

    “Junior was talking effluent in Ballymena this week.”

    Nevin, thanks for the link. Junior at his fragrant best, together with Channel No. 5 pose.

    Clearly his policy is to protect the farmers at all costs. The rest of us can just f*!k off obviously.

    I found the phraseology he used when discussing the TB issue to be interesting. What, per chance, can he be referring to with the “targeted cull of wildlife which harbour the disease in the environment”. Some people think you should go to prison for that sort of thing…

  • In Soviet Russia

    Comeback will make a Junior?

  • LC, there’s some nice mood music between Junior and Sammy Wilson. Perhaps Sammy wasn’t involved in the ‘culling’ of the Paisleys after all – or else the pike has been put back in the thatch.

  • Le Corbusier

    “Perhaps Sammy wasn’t involved in the ‘culling’ of the Paisleys after all – or else the pike has been put back in the thatch.”

    Agree, Nevin, but I was thinking more of the little black and white fury creatures that like to hang around sometimes at Toad Hall.