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Frank opinion.

David Sullivan again appears on the front pages of this newspaper with controversial comments, this time concerning an issue which many people would rather not have to address - racism.

He is gaining something of a reputation as someone who doesn't mince his words.

This time the focus of his polemics is his fellow directors at Birmingham City FC who refused to whole-heartedly back their chairman for comments he made about Dwight Yorke 'over-reacting' at racial abuse he received.

Instead of pandering to those who believe in stifling opinion, Sullivan has called for those closest to him to say where they really stand on the issue.

It says something for the principles of the man to reignite a row in which he has been heavily criticised because he passionately believes he is right.

In today's fickle and insincere society, people of wealth and power - particularly those within the establishment - are all too quick to issue apologies at the earliest sign of conflict.

However, as Sullivan has never been accepted by the establishment, and because he has attained his position through his own drive and industry, he is not one to easily back down.

How refreshing it is for someone to speak one's mind on such a sensitive subject, and how alarming it is that those who were also embroiled in the row stayed silent as they did not want to cause offence.

Let's just hope that during this General Election campaign, politicians from all parties take note of words written by William Shakespeare that Sullivan is fond of quoting every time his mouth gets him into trouble: 'This above all: to thine own self be true.' - Hamlet (Act I, Scene III
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Date:Apr 18, 2005
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