‘I’ve always been proud of dad – and proud to bear his name’

David McKittrick celebrates the twelfth with an interview with IP jnr in the Indy.The lot’s worth a read but 2 nice vignettes:
“…..At one stage Paisley Jr toyed with journalism, but his destiny was to follow in his father’s giant footsteps. He took a degree in history followed by a master’s in Irish politics, areas of study which help explain why, among the caricatures on his office wall, is one of Charles Stewart Parnell.

Parnell was a Protestant, but no unionist and is today revered as one of Irish history’s great leaders. “A Protestant nationalist,” Paisley described him with enthusiasm. “An incredibly interesting character.””
And:
“Paisley Jr concluded on a positive note: “We need to draw a line so we can move forward. Sinn Fein can present their analysis and I can present mine and we can argue over it, but meanwhile the country doesn’t move forward. We really need to get the focus right; to direct all our politicians’ energies and effort into making this place really work and make it the envy of many other European states.

“If we do that we will be eternally thanked by the collective community of Northern Ireland””

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  • Kathy C

    I can understand the love by a son for his father. This article highlights a major obsticle in the northern Ireland and it is one of pride. For Ian Jr. to say ‘always’ proud of his dad means he was pround of him when his father called the head of the Catholic Church-the Pope- the anti-Christ. For many people…this is and was offensive and nothing to be proud of. Another example of pride causing problems in the north. Recently with the PM of the uk stating what occured by the troops during bloody sunday was wrong (killing unarmed peaceful protestors) and then not even having a week pass and coming out stating the troops should be admired and people have pride in their actions….This statment by the PM sends a mixed message….one that states it is wrong for the british soldiers to kill Irish Catholics in Derry but then asks the queens subjects to have pride in the military and what they do.
    Ian Paisley was wrong in some instances in the past….and not all of his public actions and statements should be looked to with pride. I would have been more impressed if ian junior stated he was proud of how his father has matured.

  • o’connor

    Yip Ian jun is proud of Ian snr, and quite right, where would he be without his Dad

    Kathy C Cameron is right to tell Brits to be proud of their troops. Not that the Brits needed telling, they may not like him, they may not like the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, but they are very proud of their military

    In wars innocent people get killed. Im surprised you dont know that, considering the IRA killed so many innocents.

  • Kathy C

    Hhi O’connor, innocent people do get killed… however what the british troops did on bloody sunday…shooting unarmed peaceful protestors was murder. There were soldier with rifles aiming at unarmed marchers in a peace march and pulling the triggers with the intent on killing the marchers. Now to me, that is nothing to be proud of…in fact it is something to be ashamed of…and an action that should be prosecuted.

  • o’connor

    Kathy C

    Im glad you feel that way Kathy C. No doubt you are even now marching on the White House in protest at the troop activities in Afghanistan, at the unmanned drones killing in Pakistan. At Vietnam attrocities, at the Israeli governments actions with full White House approval. At the more than 100,000 dead civilians in Iraq.

    You have got some front, especially remembering the more than 300 dead British soldiers fighting with the Americans in Afghanistan.

    Take your bigotry and shove it lady.

  • joeCanuck

    This guy is quite simply an ignorant self-serving prick. I’m ashamed to admit that my sister-in-law used to baby sit him.

  • o’connor

    joe Canuck

    We all have skeletons in the closet, but I bet this one rattles more than most!

  • Kathy C

    Hi again o’connor getting angry at me and being disrespectful does not alter the facts…british soldiers aimed at unarmed civilians marking in a peace march and pulled the trigger killing several on Bloody Sunday. ..and their actions so many years ago have absolutely nothing to do with british soldiers in Afganistan but since you brought it into the mix— ….the british have a long history in Afganistan and it began before the US got there.

  • o’connor

    Kathy C

    Disrespectful to you. I was quite restrained.

    The British were involved long before the Americans got to Afghanistan, and they stopped long before the Americans started this war.

    I am not defending the British army in Derry, but Americans are responsible for the deaths of thousands.

    Just how much ‘collateral damage’ does America have to be responsible for before people like you recognise hypocrisy.

    This was about Ian Paisley junior, another hypocrite.

  • joeCanuck

    For those interested in the British (mis)adventure in Afghanistan back in the 1840s, here is a link. http://southerncrossreview.org/55/british-afghan.htm
    Of the 4,500 British and Indian troops who took part in the expedition to teach the “fuzzy-wuzzies” a lesson, exactly one survived.

  • o’connor

    joe Canuck

    Only one left eh. I guess that means its safe to assume the last one had left by the time the Americans attacked.

    If my history lessons survive the years. It was an ignominious defeat.

  • joeCanuck

    Yes, O’Connor, but it resonates still. The US and Allies will not succeed in “pacifying” the whole country, no more than they did in Vietnam. They need to announce a withdrawal date in a year or two at most, train the hell out of the Afghanistan Police and Army, and leave them to it.

  • o’connor

    joe Canuck

    There is a danger of sounding like: ‘If the Brtish cannot do it, no one can’! I agree though, there is nothing to be gained in staying in Afghanistan.

    Cameron said, almost as soon as he became PM in the UK he hoped the British would be out by the next election. He had a meeting with Obama and they seemed to be in agreement, because one thing is sure, they will not be out on the date Obama gave when he approved addtional troops.

    Training the Afghan army etc? Not so sure. First train their politicians.

  • RepublicanStones

    Indeed Joe, although 4 decades later Lt Gen Fred ‘Bob’ Roberts led what was deemed a successful campaign against those Pashtun tribes in revenge for a defeat inflicted on the British at Maiwand in 1880. Upon returning safely to barracks he penned a letter to his superiors back in England and his words were quite prophetic and would be well heeded today…

    “It may not be flattering to our amour propre…..but I feel sure that I am right when I say that the less the Afghans see of us they less they will dislike us. Should Russia in future years attempt to conquer Afghanistan or invade India through it, we should have a better chance of attaching the Afghans to our interests if we avoid all interference with them in the meantime.”

  • joebloggs

    Maybe he should be proud of a da who marshalled thugs to attack people who wanted the vote for every adult (Burntollet 1969), thus igniting the fires of sectarianisn which burned brightly causing 3000 deaths.
    Then he set up a political entity called the DEMOCRATIC Unionist Party in an established gerrymander and then sat down with the people he’d been fighting for 30 years.
    There’s not many who can pull the wool over people’s eyes like that!
    I wish my Da had been Derren Brown!