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…