Posted by: the watchmen | June 20, 2008

Dr. Paisley___Retrospectively.



Remembering Paisley’s words

IT was with more than a little amusement that I read the comments of the outgoing joint First Minister on your website on Friday.
Mr Paisley alleges that the photographs of him and Martin McGuinness were “doctored” by the media.

Doubtless Mr Paisley will be initiating legal proceedings against all the media outlets who printed these “doctored” photos.

His comments abouttraditional Unionist Voice were also interesting.

“I have been round the country,” says Mr Paisley, “I have studied the people that go to their meetings and they are marked by a very poor turnout and if they have a meeting in Co Down, half of their number might be from north Antrim and the local people are not concerned.”

Next time I attend a branch meeting in Fermanagh, I will be sure to take a look in the bushes to see if the former First Minister is there.

I’m sad he wasn’t able to attend the public meeting TUV held in Fermanagh back in April where there was an extremely impressive turnout – all of the people coming from the local area.

But there were some things he said which I did take exception to. When asked about his pledges not to share power with Sinn Fein/IRA, he claimed: “Well, I never said that”.

Well, out of his own mouth will I judge him.

Just before the 2005 election (the one in which his party described government with Sinn Fein as “out of the question”) he stated: “There can be no power-sharing with IRA/Sinn Fein either before or after an election.

“They have forever forfeited their right to any such power-sharing place. Democracy and liberty demands that they be excluded.”

In 1997, he told the Independent: “I will never sit down with Gerry Adams . . . he’d sit with anyone. He’d sit down with the devil. In fact, Adams does sit down with the devil.”

On July 12, 2006 he told the Independent Orange Order: “No unionist who is a unionist will go into partnership with IRA/Sinn Fein.

“They are not fit to be in partnership with decent people. They are not fit to be in the government of Northern Ireland and it will be over our dead bodies if they ever get there.”

And one last quote from Mr Paisley’s article on Friday: “To try to say that I bluffed the people on anything, or misled – I never did.”

Samuel Morrison
Traditional Unionist
Co Fermanagh


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