Earlier this week Jim Molyneaux the former Leader of the UUP died. He was Leader from 1980 something to 1990 something (I couldnt be bothered looking up Wikipedia). He was a politically quiet man and (seemingly) personally a courteous man. His sole function seems to have been to keep the UUP relevant against the rising tide of Paisley’s DUP. He was MP for South Antrim for many years.
He was really a relic from 1950s and 1960s unionist supremacy. He had the look of a particuarly depressed undertaker.
Correction: he led them from the 1970s.
Think i saw him smile once.
Managed to hang around for years as party leader without saying that much.
Think he held a record of having the biggest majority in any Westminster seat, well like ever.
Once Stormont went in 1972 and there was no chance of it returning Craigavon style, i think he became a supporter of direct rule.
He was in favour of Direct Rule, yes.