We are afraid to discuss these things with our fellow Protestants, never mind anyone else. The same old tired names and choices appear on the ballot papers each election. The newspapers interview the citizens of the Shankill Road to gauge opinion, not the inhabitants of the leafy suburbs of South Belfast. We feel impotent and confused.
What do we do then? We keep silent and retreat into our comfortable lifestyles with our recreation, good schools and safe areas largely untouched by the Troubles. We have lived this way for the past 25 years. The Government's challenge is to shake us outof our complacency, force us to confront reality and find a way to give us voice and political empowerment.
Yours faithfully, Philip Weir Belfast 3 February