The Fall of the House of Paisley Paperback – 1 Apr 2010
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David Gordon is the Belfast Telegraph's Investigations Correspondent.
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It should be acknowledged, however, that a local blog, with its relative lack of resources, doggedly matched the Belfast Telegraph for detail as the extent of cronyism in the Paisleys' North Antrim constituency became apparent.
The book's blurb describes its contents as `the slow demise of a powerful political dynasty', but the actual succession of events which precipitated the departure of Ian Paisley Junior from government, and subsequently resulted in the resignation of his father from the First Minister's office, unfolded relatively quickly. Gordon's book moves the story along with suitable rapidity, whilst delving into sufficient detail to satisfy political anoraks.
The title is instructive. 'The Fall' makes little attempt to revisit territory already forensically examined by Ed Moloney in his Paisley biography, `From Demagogue to Democrat'. The landscape which Gordon describes is populated by disorientated DUP members, struggling to rationalise their leader's new friendship with Martin McGuinness, disquieted by hints of greed and embarrassed by his increasing propensity for `senior moments'.
And always in the background, Junior, with his overweening sense of entitlement, spiv-like eye for the main chance and conspicuous absence of inherited charisma.Read more ›
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A useful insight into the house of Paisley and Northern Ireland in general. Just a shame Paisley took 40 odd years to get to the negotiating table.Published 11 months ago by Neil