[Marxism] "recognition of the sea change in Ulster politics".
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Sun Oct 23 04:39:51 MDT 2005
The Times October 22, 2005
Paisley to join the Right Honourables
By Richard Ford, Home Correspondent
THE political establishment’s embrace of Ian Paisley continued
yesterday with the announcement that he is to be appointed to the
He is the first member of the Democratic Unionist Party invited to
Further evidence that the one-time outsider is a full member of the
great and good is that three people nominated by him are to join the
House of Lords. One is his wife, Eileen, whom Mr Paisley, 78,
affectionately calls "Mammy".
Mr Paisley’s appointment is recognition that the DUP is now the
largest party in Northern Ireland and the fourth biggest in the House
of Commons. It will allow him to be titled the Right Honourable and to
have the initials PC after his name. It also means that he receives
preferential treatment from the Speaker in debates.
The Privy Council officially advises the Queen but is now largely
ceremonial. Only Government ministers take part in its policy work.
Mr Paisley’s arrival as a Privy Councillor caps a remarkable
progression for a man who was fined £30 for unlawful assembly in 1966
and who has also served a short term in prison for blocking a civil
Peter Robinson, the deputy leader of the DUP, described the
appointment as a tremendous personal honour for Mr Paisley, and
"recognition of the sea change in Ulster politics".
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