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Our leaders must speak for all of us

GIVEN that the Haass process was commissioned jointly by the First and Deputy First Minister, it is depressing that it has been scuppered by pandering to some of the more extreme elements of our society (DebateNI, January 7).

The very fact they engaged with Dr Haass showed great courage and some hope that an agreed view was possible.

However, with some of the parties giving an effective veto to extremist elements, there's little hope of any collective view ever emerging. Our politicians must show leadership and paint a vision that can inspire us all.

We should ask, do our politicians speak for the common good? Or are they speaking for a perpetually divided society?

P J MULLAN

Belfast

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