On Jeffrey Donaldson’s official website, the biography section is adorned with photographs of himself with the party leaders he served under: James Molyneaux, Ian Paisley and Peter Robinson. But there is no image of his political mentor, a figure who is, in the politics of these islands, both omnipresent and invisible.
Donaldson’s self-portrait does acknowledge that his political formation was in the service of one of the “greatest names in Unionism in the 20th century. . . Between 1982 and 1984 I worked as Enoch Powell’s constituency agent, successfully spearheading Mr Powell’s election campaigns of 1983 and 1986”.