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PaisleyReligion and Politics in Northern Ireland$
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Steve Bruce

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199281022

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281022.001.0001

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With God on his Side

With God on his Side

(p.246) 8 With God on his Side

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This final chapter considers the part that religion has played in Paisley's politics and his political appeal. It argues that Paisley's religious identity was an important part of his political appeal to a minority of unionist voters. While securing his core support, his constant criticisms of liberal and ecumenical deviations in the major Protestant churches alienated many unionists. However, between 2000 and 2005, unionist frustration with the political changes forced by the British Government led enough of those unionists to set aside their dislike for Paisley, and to place the future of Ulster unionism in the hands of the DUP.

Keywords:   DUP, UUP, David Trimble, Belfast Agreement, unionism, Paisley, Democratic Unionist Party, Ulster Unionist Party

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