Guest writer, TPQ regular Marty Flynn with his take on the trail of devastation Ian Paisley has left behind him in pursuit of his political ambitions.
Very many of us would have watched Eamonn Mallie’s interview with Papa Doc Paisley the other evening. That bastard with the help of a few other bigoted bastards created the firestorm which today finds nationalists/republicans paying the price for. By his own admission democracy did not know the name of Norn Iron.
Those who followed him on his hateful campaign of sectarianism (which as we now know was just his strategy to get his hands on the illusory helm of power) from the Glenanne gang to the Third Force and Ulster Resistance should now know that this bastard has been like all politicians - more than happy to lay down people’s lives for the love of his country.
Loyalists in large numbers must now regret having ever heard the name of Paisley. As has been pointed out by Dee Fennell we are to witness people dragged before the courts because they have the temerity to ask or demand to be allowed to live and go about their business without having to endure those bigoted displays of triumphalism. If it had not been for Paisley this sort of event would have been just a distant memory by now.
But, no, the architect of the "troubles " was feted and honoured like a statesman by the two governments. Both he and his equally bigoted wife were rewarded with peerages, and Quisling $inn £ein grovelled at his and his successor’s knees without any sign of growing any balls and demanding that these unnecessary hateful displays be restricted only to areas where they are acceptable. Their feeble cries for equality go unheeded and their inaction makes them look all the more ridiculous.
I am old enough to remember the Divis Street riots, again instigated by Paisley, and where Nationalists had to endure the blunt end of his bigotry, being beaten off their own street by thugs in uniform. I know a lad who was handed down six months for giving the cops a two finger salute.
The issue over hate-filled demonstrations will never be resolved by merely beating those opposed to such things off the streets or locking them up. Like the root cause of “the troubles” here it needs to be addressed in an open and honest manner.
As for Paisley - as that bigoted bastard stares into the abyss in a remorseful kind of way, maybe hoping that some greater being will forgive him, I hope, as an atheist, that all he finds is a hole full of maggots. The lives he has destroyed will never be fully counted and we still witness his legacy today with nationalists paying the price for appeasement to bigotry.