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Hypocritical SDLP must look at themselves

The SDLP describes itself as 'the party of civil rights', but scrape just beneath the surface and you will find plenty of evidence of hypocrisy and sectarianism.

SDLP MLA John Dallat's disgraceful attack on Ian Paisley for exercising his democratic right to protest against the Pope's visit to the UK is the latest example.

In a truly inclusive society, the right to dissent would not only be fundamental, but inviolable, and any party which sought to deny such rights would be rejected.

So, while Mr Dallat has no cause to worry about Lord Bannside's respect for diversity and difference, he and his colleagues really do need to address the deep-seated bigotry which lurks within the SDLP.

WALLACE THOMPSON

Secretary, Evangelical Protestant Society

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