YOUR readers, and the unionist voters in Mid Ulster, should not miss the point that any unionist candidate agreed by the UUP and the DUP must necessarily be compromised so far as victims’ issues are concerned. Nigel Lutton is said to stand in Mid Ulster on a victims’ ticket.
What exactly does that mean, given that he is not from the constituency of Mid Ulster, and has involvement in the inclusive Victims Forum, which was a government-created body that treated innocent victims and perpetrators of terrorism on equal terms?
With what authority can Mr Lutton speak on victims’ matters? I do not deny that he is an innocent victim of IRA terrorism. But that fact ought to have kept him clear from entanglement with inclusive statutory-controlled victims’ bodies.
No one can criticise and condemn terrorists on the one hand, then sit down in government, or on government bodies, with them and be content to be regarded on equal terms with them. This does not add up. Let Mr Lutton stand as a united unionist candidate, but not on a victims’ ticket.
J E Hazlett Lynch (Dr)