The fiery Protestant cleric, the Reverend Ian Paisley, champion of Northern Ireland's anti-Catholic extremists, appears to stand a good chance of being elected to the British Parliament as his Campaign progress.
The fiery Protestant cleric, the Reverend Ian Paisley, champion of Northern Ireland's anti-Catholic extremists, appears to stand a good chance of being elected to the British Parliament as his Campaign progress. Yesterday he was in Ballycastle, Country Antrim.
Religion, rather than social issues will dictate the voting pattern in most of the constituencies in the tense, uneasy province where British Troops and barbed wire separate the rival Catholic and Protestant areas.
Political observers in Northern Ireland predict that the bulk of the 12 Northern Ireland seats in Westminster will, as usual, go to Protestant candidates who are linked with the Conservative Party in the June 18 General Election.
Three months ago the Reverend Paisley won a Seat in the Stormont Parliament for the Constituency of the former Prime Minister, Captain Terence O'Neill. Now he has his sights firmly fixed on the British Parliament as a platform for his hard-line Protestantism.
He is in a straight fight in the North Antrim Constituency with the Sitting official Unionist Member, Mr. Henry Clark. Political sources in Northern Ireland believe that an outbreak of violence just before Polling Day could swing many votes to the extremist Protestant Unionist candidates of the Reverend Paisley.
In Ballycastle, the Reverend Paisley led a procession of his many supporters through the streets to the accompaniment of the familiar, militant drums. There was also a Children's Band.
When the march ended on the Promenade, the Reverend Paisley, with his usual fervour told the gathering: