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Seeking loyalist approval shows poor leadership

I REFER to your article (News, January 6) in which hardline loyalists claimed that unionists were afraid to ratify a deal at the Haass talks without their approval.

Your article quotes DUP negotiator Jeffrey Donaldson as confirming that flags protester Willie Frazer and others "were kept informed" (presumably including his fellow flag protester Jamie Bryson) of talks progress.

For his part, Bryson has claimed that the DUP and UUP were "petrified, really scared" of loyalist disapproval and it would appear that he may be right.

By any standards, this is a lamentable failure of leadership and cannot be a recipe for success in any future discussions.

CLLR TOM CAMPBELL (ALLIANCE)

Newtownabbey Borough Council

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