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We're British, not by flag but will of the people

The one thing Northern Ireland currently needs is political leadership. In case anyone is confused, let me make clear about what leadership is not: leadership is not creating a crisis with no way out, nor is it creating a solution that no one supports.

Ultimately, we haven't seen any political leadership over the last two months.

Regardless of what anyone says, the recent decision by Belfast City Council has demonstrated the most crass political leadership since Margaret Thatcher thought poll tax was a good idea.

Peter Robinson looks weak and not in control, David Ford looks lost and remarkably out of touch, Mike Nesbitt is lost and Basil Mc Crea looks like himself.

The SDLP look more green than Sinn Fein and Sinn Fein look triumphant in making the croppies lie down.

And for what? Nothing, actually.

This place will go nowhere until the Belfast Agreement means something and that something has to be for all.

We will continue to wreck ourselves until we accept that, no matter how many emblems are removed, nationalists and republicans are kidding themselves. Northern Ireland remains British, not by some nefarious colonial dominance, but by the will of the people.

Life will become a lot easier for everyone when Sinn Fein and the SDLP stop pretending and acting otherwise.

ULTONIAN

Portadown, Co Armagh

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