Ian Paisley


Indeed, it is the distress caused by the content of the Agreement that has provoked such widespread alarm and division within Unionism. The proposals contained in the Agreement are not remarkably new in content, but they now have the endorsement of those who were previously opposed to such mechanisms that will fundamentally undermine the status of Northern Ireland within the Union and impose a system of government so alien that it is far removed from any known concept of democracy and fairness. According to the author's copy of the Mitchell draft, the UUP lost out on the number of seats for each of the eighteen constituencies, on the issues that the parallel consensus mechanism should be applied, on the party from which the Chair of the Assembly should come, on the sharing out of committee posts, on where executive authority ought to be vested, on the content of the pledge of office, and on the status of the Executive Committee.