Ian Paisley – Another problem Theresa May didn’t need – by Eamonn Mallie

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The House of Commons Standards Committee has ruled that Ian Paisley had committed “serious misconduct” and that his actions “were of a nature to bring the House of Commons into disrepute.”

He is accused of not declaring largesse from the Sri Lankan government characterised by the Standards Committee as ‘paid advocacy.’

“What he has done is unacceptable. He needs to come clean. Ian needs to be clear to his own constituents.”

The above remarks fell this morning from the lips of outspoken DUP dissident Jim Wells who has been in the eye of the storm himself inside the DUP more than once arising out of controversial remarks he made. Mr Wells is no longer subject to the DUP whip.

Wells is correct in stating the Paisley name is a byword in North Antrim – 48 years of representation between Ian Paisley senior and Ian Junior. What now if the TUV, Sinn Féin and the SDLP force a by election as is the constituency’s entitlement if 10% of the electorate so choose?

My analysis is simply this. Any by election will see Ian Paisley returned as MP. One has only to listen to grassroots opinion in rural America in recent days to realise the rock solid support on ranches and farms for Donald Trump despite claims that he was ‘treasonous’  during his meeting with his Russian counterpart.

Just look down the road to Tipperary in the Republic of Ireland and ask yourself “in how many scrapes has former FG TD Michael Lowry found himself? Yet, he has been religiously returned as an Independent member by his loyal constituents. Touché Mr Paisley I suspect if there is a by election.

Asked about the support for Gerry Adams in his own community the late Fr Denis Faul said “neighbours don’t see him as someone with connections to the IRA. They see him as the local lad who took their child to school on the bar of his bicycle.” Doing a good turn in other words.Touché Ian Paisley Junior in North Antrim.

The morning newspaper headlines make uncomfortable reading for the DUP.

The Putin regime and the DUP have two things in common – centralisation and secrecy.

Questions: has DUP Westminster leader Nigel Dodds entreated Mr Paisley over what the Commons Standards Committee called ‘paid advocacy?’

Does Ian Paisley Junior enjoy the confidence of Arlene Foster and Nigel Dodds?

Has Theresa May discussed this indiscretion with the DUP? She doesn’t have to seek her sorrows. She has enough of her own with which to deal without Ian Paisley adding to them.

In essence Mr Paisley has diminished the vote margin available to Mrs May at a very critical moment as she clings onto office by the skin of her teeth.

Who knows what else is going to fall out of the Westminster cupboard in the coming days? One has only to read the Daily Mail to observe the tenacity with which it as an organ pursues its prey.

As I pointed out earlier The DUP’s silence is deafening rightnow on this Paisley controversy with the narrative being provided by Jim Allister and Jim Wells both having been well versed in the DUP mindset.

The DUP danced on the head of SF MP Barry McElduff  over his injudicious placing of a Kingsmill loaf on his head coinciding with the anniversary of the IRA killings of Protestant workmen at Kingsmill.

The DUP got Mr McElduff’s head on a plate as desired. The Sinn Féin leadership did not ultimately stand by Barry McElduff.

Ironically The RHI investigation and the scrutiny under which Arlene Foster is, over that scheme and the vulnerability of DUP SPADS may well provide cover for Ian Paisley.

Perhaps a bible quotation is appropriate in this context:

Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

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Eamonn Mallie

I am a regular contributor to discussion programmes on TV and radio both at home and abroad. An experienced political editor and author specialising in Politics, Security and 20th Century Art.


  1. Very interesting article Eamonn.
    Agree with what you say about Junior winning a bye election if there is one. I would go further and say, if local journalists were allowed to publicly print everything they know about local politicians, there would not be too many of them left standing!
    Returning to Junior, he can easily survive this scandal but if all the scandals he was involved in were made public, he would not survive.
    He does have one thing in his favour, he is very affable on a personal level, if Jim Allister had Junior`s affability he may stand a better chance of ousting him in the right circumstances.

  2. Eddie Finnegan on

    Ah, but what does Eileen think? And wouldn’t she have enjoyed a trip or three to Sri Lanka and a pilgrimage to the Buddhas of Kandy as well as the next woman? Lucky the Baroness left the Lords last year – or shrewd? Any word from Ian Junior’s twin, Eamonn?

  3. That Paisley is corrupt and dishonest is no surprise to anyone who knows anything about him. He’s a shameless hypocrite always out to feather his own nest. But now he has been so publicly exposed, he will never be able to escape it. A pitiful embarrassment to his family and his province.

  4. Eamonn, there is a possible story for you here. In Markethill FPC a sermon was preached condemning the DUP. They are refusing to make the sermon available to the public. I am sure sure you and lots of other local journos would be interested in hearing it, or hearing why it is being withheld??

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