The silent majority, of which my family in Ulster is, I suppose, a part, is guilty of complacency and complicity. The violence does not happen on their streets, they make a good living (sponsored by the British taxpayer) and political discussion is carefully avoided when golfing with friends from the other side.
When asked to vote, however, they vote as their fathers voted. To vote for John Alderdice's Alliance Party seems to them a waste. When you ask for their view of a particular atrocity, they express outrage and dismay but are slightly angrier if it was committed by "one of theirs". Northern Irish politicians run a closed shop and have succeeded in excluding men and women who could lead these detached people, teach them about their responsibilities, and make intelligent contributions to the search for peace.
ADRIAN K HALL
London W11Reuse content