While I do not have access to security material and Basil McCrea's 97% seems high, the people of Northern Ireland had decades of leaders playing down opposition for so-called public and political interests.
Counter statements were made to reassure the public that everything was under control and not to react.
Ian Paisley used to be treated as a nuisance and blamed for disturbing and rousing the people.
Today we have other voices of concern and again we have counter-claims that certain utterances are ill-founded.
If there is a substantial threat to our community, which I hope there is not, and it erupts, the people will take note of those leaders who tried to silence the voices of warning.
Councillor David Barbour