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There were extreme and moderate politicians Some politicians supported the idea of segregation discrimination and a protestant rule Others stated that the differences were the choice of Catholics or they tried to improve rights for Catholics Some protestant politicians thought that the majority should rule Two thirds of Northern Irelands population was Protestant and one third were Catholic Ian Paisley formed the Ulster Protestant Action group He claimed that because Catholics were not loyal to the union they shouldnt deserve the rights that were given to Protestants He also set up a newspaper the protestant telegraph to encourage many Protestants that the Catholic Church was a threat to Ulsters Protestant heritage He encouraged Protestants to keep only protestant workers and not Catholic workers keep protestant and loyal workers in employment in times of depression in preference to their fellow Catholic workers he thought that Protestants should only keep their jobs and be economically better of He also thought that if Catholics were more powerful then Protestants there would be a Rome rule as he thought Catholics were loyal to the Pope Basil Brooke the Northern Ireland prime minister from 1943-1963 also shared similar views to Ian Paisley He thought Catholics had different loyalties if Catholics had power in Northern Ireland the Pope would run Northern Ireland He also thought that Protestants should be economically stronger then Catholics There a great number of Protestants and Orangemen who employ Roman Catholics I would point out that Roman Catholics are trying to get in everywhere I would appeal to Loyalists therefore wherever possible to employ Protestant lads and lassies Basil Brooke thought Catholics were disloyal and he didnt approve of any seats in Stormont going to Nationalist parties Influential Irish Conservative MP Edward Carson said that home rule meant Rome rule he thought that if Catholics were to get any dominance in Northern Ireland it would be a Rome rule Other MPs such as Roy Guilespie
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