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The Fall of the House of Paisley

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Ian Paisley, firebrand Ulster Protestant preacher and politician, spent forty years denouncing compromise as treachery. Then, in M... Weiterlesen
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Beschreibung

Ian Paisley, firebrand Ulster Protestant preacher and politician, spent forty years denouncing compromise as treachery. Then, in March 2007, he agreed a power-sharing pack with Sinn Fein, the political wing of the Provisional IRA. The historic deal earned him plaudits from around the world and the top job in Northern Ireland's new devolved administration. His beloved son Ian Junior took up a ministerial post by his side. Yet within a year, this proud family dynasty had crumbled and collapsed. First Ian Junior resigned as a minister, after months of controversy over his links to a property developer. Then Paisley himself announced his retirement - despite having made repeated pledges to serve a full four years in office. In this hard-hitting book, award-winning journalist David Gordon pinpoints the structural flaws in the House of Paisley and shines an uncompromising light on the Northern Ireland political class.

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David Gordon is an editor with the BBC and former Political Editor and Investigations Correspondent with the Belfast Telegraph.

Klappentext

In this hard-hitting study of political power, award-winning journalist David Gordon studies the political downfall of Ian Paisley and his son and shines an uncompromising light on Northern Ireland's political elite. Ian Paisley, firebrand Ulster Protestant preacher and politician, spent forty years denouncing compromise as treachery. Then, in March 2007, he agreed a power-sharing pack with Sinn Féin, the political wing of the Provisional IRA. The historic deal earned him plaudits from around the world and the top job in Northern Ireland's new devolved administration. His beloved son Ian Junior took up a ministerial post by his side. Yet within a year, this proud family dynasty had crumbled and collapsed. First Ian Junior resigned as a minister, after months of controversy over his links to a property developer. Then Paisley himself announced his retirement - despite having made repeated pledges to serve a full four years in office. In this fantastic work of investigative journalism, award-winning journalist David Gordon pinpoints the structural flaws in the House of Paisley and exposes the murky underworld of Northern Irish politics.

'David Gordon … in a fine piece of investigative journalism, doggedly following his nose, taking advantage of freedom of information, and with good contacts in the DUP and Free Presbyterian Church (FPC), seeks to explain why Ian Paisley fell at what appeared to be the moment of triumph.' Maurice Hayes, Belfast Telegraph 'David Gordon details where the storm came from and why it was so damaging to father and son in The Fall of the House of Paisley. While some readers will - to be blunt - enjoy reliving the difficulties faced by such a pair of individuals, there's more to Gordon's fine book than schadenfreude.' William Scholes, Irish News 'Gordon's account is as sharp as a blade, cutting deep into the murky world of Stormont.' Fachtna Kelly and Julian Fleming, Sunday Business Post Agenda

    Introduction Chronology
  1. Welcome to the House of Fun
  2. The Ghost of Paisley Past
  3. With God on our Side
  4. Dodgy Foundations
  5. Causeway for Concern
  6. Junior in Bother
  7. Senior in Bother
  8. Land Deal Lobbying
  9. Out with the Old
  10. St Andrews Bombshell
  11. Other People's Money
  12. Surprise in Dromore
  13. All Fall Down
  14. Legacy Matters
  15. Life after Paisley
  16. Notes

Produktinformationen

Titel: The Fall of the House of Paisley
Untertitel: The Downfall of Ian Paisley's Political Dynasty
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EAN: 9780717151585
ISBN: 978-0-7171-5158-5
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Gill Books
Genre: Politikwissenschaft
Anzahl Seiten: 256
Veröffentlichung: 30.10.2009
Jahr: 2009
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 1.3 MB