All I can say is get yourself a copy of the Irish News today, and read Newton Emerson. I won’t try to parse or quote or paraphrase his arguments (since I cannot link directly to the piece online), but they raise the issue of what political leadership really means.
Is it issuing a press release condemning attacks on the other side?
Or looking for robust common standards that allow individuals in broader society to pursue their own political, cultural and economic goals in peace?
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty