Many many words will be written about the late Lord Bannside, the Revered Ian Richard Kyle Paisley. The time for debate on his legacy is later.
However on a day in which the First Minister of Northern Ireland Peter Robinson said “As a leader of men, a friend of the people, a servant of the state and a voice for the truth Ian Paisley excelled and shone,” and the Deputy Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party Nigel Dodds wrote “He was the enduring figure of unionism throughout half a century,” perhaps it is worth reflecting on the words of his widow Eileen, Baroness Paisley of St George’s in an interview with Eamonn Mallie broadcast in January 2014:
Perhaps the most telling and poignant comment on Paisley’s death came from a former avowed ‘enemy’:
How times change.
Let the debate begin.
Ian Richard Kyle Paisley, Lord Bannside, April 6th 1926 – September 12th 2014