The World: A Talk with King Billy of Ulster

When William Craig, 49, was Minister of Home Affairs in the defunct Unionist government at Stormont in 1968, he ordered the Royal Ulster Constabulary to halt the first civil rights march by Roman Catholics through Londonderry. That decision contributed to the five years of violence that soon followed. It also launched "King Billy" Craig, now head of the Vanguard Unionist Party, on an unrelenting war on behalf of Northern Ireland's Protestants. Throughout "the troubles," his line has had a one-track consistency: Ulster, he believes, faces a takeover by the Catholic-dominated Republic of Ireland...

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