John McCallister: Our politics has collapsed and retreated behind old barriers

Interesting outake from.John McCallister’s oped in yesterday’s News Letter:

“..he says of the SDLP’s professed vision of reaching out to unionists: “Centre-ground, moderate unionists can take no pleasure in the fact that this vision has not come to pass. “Rather than being a standard-bearer for civic, moderate nationalism, the SDLP has retreated behind the tribal barricades. “It is, of course, understandable. The temptation for both unionism and nationalism has been the same: forsake moderate, pluralist politics and go hunting for votes in deep orange or deep green territory. “As this has happened, the hope for a shared future has collapsed and our politics has retreated behind the old sectarian barriers.”

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