Ian Paisley has given notice that he is standing down as first minister of Northern Ireland. It's been odd to see the man who threw snowballs at Taoiseach Sean Lemass in 1965 and who working well with Martin McGuinness. How Peter Robinson performs remains to be seen.
There is plenty of analysis of Paisley's career elsewhere. I'll just post a Paisley joke instead.
Ian Paisley goes into a coma. After twenty years he regains consciousness. The first person he sets eyes on is Peter Robinson.
Paisley, desperate to find out how the situation in the north turned out grabs hold of Robinson and says "Peter, what have I missed over the last 20 years? Did we win, did we lose? You've gotta tell me"
Robinson replies "Well Ian, I've got some good news and some bad news. Do you want the good or the bad first?"
Paisley thinks about it for a minute and say "Gimme the bad news first"
Robinson: "Well the bad news is that Gerry Adams is the new president of the United Ireland"
Paisley is shocked but enquires further "So what's the good news then?"
Robinson: "Rangers are beating Celtic in the cup final" Paisley is delighted by this and asks "What score is it?"
Robinson: "3-14 to 1-11"
Well I thought it was funny!