Paisley always reminds me of what a Catholic priest I know used to joke: "In the beginning was the word, and the word was No." Those who see his career as a question of showmanship are only partly right. Beyond the political stunts - like heckling the Pope in the European Parliament in 1988 - and the Bible thumping preaching was a conviction politician who actually believed what he said he did. In many ways, his unbending Ulster Protestantism was more suited to the seventeenth than the twentieth or twenty-first centuries.
This song by The Dubliners allegedly about Paisley sums him up.