High priest of sectarianism eyes ultimate seat of power

High priest of sectarianism eyes ultimate seat of power

When Ian Paisley first appeared on the street corners of the North in the 1960s, the Northern poet WD Rodgers, a former Presbyterian clergyman, wrote a wonderfully bitter and ironic poem about him entitled Home Thoughts From Abroad.

When Ian Paisley first appeared on the street corners of the North in the 1960s, the Northern poet WD Rodgers, a former Presbyterian clergyman, wrote a wonderfully bitter and ironic poem about him entitled Home Thoughts From Abroad.

Who better than Rodgers himself, who knew the black book and the Belfast bible halls from childhood and who had once been rector in Loughgall - the birthplace of Orangeism itself - to deftly sketch this phenomenon.

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