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23 January 2014 | by James Macintyre

Blair a ‘fool’ to convert, said Paisley

Ian Paisley told Tony Blair he was “a fool” when the former Prime Minister informed the Protestant politician that he was going to be received into the Church.The two men met in December 2007, hours before Mr Blair was formally received at Archbishop’s House, Westminster. Mr Paisley, who was Northern Ireland’s First Minister at the time, described their conversation in a BBC documentary on Monday: “As we were walking down the stairs he stopped, he looked back at me and he said, ‘Ian, there is something I need to tell you’.” Mr Blair, who had left office seven months earlier, then pointed to a clock and said: “When the hands of that clock, when they come to eight o’clock, I will be a Roman Catholic … I didn’t want you


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