Patrick West

A Troubled Sould

Himself Alone: David Trimble and The Ordeal of Unionism

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ULSTER PROTESTANTS ARE mostly regarded by the English populace as not a very bright lot, being invariably caricatured as bellicose, pig-headed, Biblebashing blockheads. At the most benign estimation, Ulstermen are perceived as philistine businessmen and farmers who are suspicious of cultural or bookish pursuits; at the most malign, the ‘danders’ can only see tattooed thugs who are too fond of marching in strange outfits through other people’s areas and banging very big drums.

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