As a Unionist I totally agree with Alex Atwood (October 22). The most crucial matter currently facing Northern Ireland is not gay marriage, the environment, Irish language, legacy of the past or contentious loyalist parades (silly and unnecessary as they are).
It is widespread criminality, details of which have been well documented. Both parts of Ireland are fast becoming gangster states and if nationalists ever achieve their dream of a united Ireland they could soon learn that there is little difference between a dream and a nightmare. Should any all Ireland government fail to follow the republican agenda they would simply create a state within a state, something they are attempting to do at present, and Ireland would be spoken about in the same terms as mafia controlled Sicily . As for criminality in the North the British government is quite prepared to turn a blind eye to this activity. Why? Because from 1972 onwards every peace initiative they attempted to implement was rejected and destroyed by the DUP in pursuit of their own narrow and selfish agenda and to hell with the wider interests of the people as a whole. The UK government have decided to let us stew in our own juice and who can blame them? Certainly not me.
Tyrone Protestant, Dungannon