Paisley: A demagogue in a dog collar

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Ian Paisley had a monstrous ego. Combined with his blazing, all-consuming ambition that ego fuelled and drove him throughout six decades. He had a supreme belief in his own abilities and the rightness of his opinions. That uncompromising self-belief made him the most divisive figure in Ireland in the second half of the twentieth century. If he was in a Church he had to run it. If he was in a political party he had to run it. If he was a unionist he had to run unionism.

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