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David Quinn: Michael D has yet to be asked the tough questions

Published 26/08/2011 | 05:00

What values do we wish our president to espouse? My answer is that they should only espouse a minimum set of values with which we can all agree.

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The president is the guardian of the Constitution above all. Apart from that, his or her job is to represent the country with a certain amount of decorum and dignity and to be a figure of unity.

This is why we should not have a Green president, or a Social Democratic president, or a Christian Democrat president. Once the president espouses a set of values that a large proportion of the electorate disagree with, the presidency automatically becomes a source of division and controversy, and it should not be that.

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