"Healthy politics depends on our sharing a big hinterland of culture and other activities that aren’t about politics; otherwise, we come to see our fellow citizens as nothing but representatives of our tribe or the opposing tribe, and can’t collaborate in the way democracy requires."
If you start by accepting that the other fellow, mistaken though he may be, not only honestly believes in the policies he is espousing, but honestly believes that they are in the best interests of the country as a whole, you are one step closer to understanding him and possibly one step closer to changing his mind or, at least, reaching an accommodation with him. And that, surely, must, in most cases, be better than open warfare.
Is anyone out there listening??????
Grow old along with me.
The best is yet to be,
The last of life,
For which the first was made.
I am fortunate in many ways, two of which are particularly relevant. One is that, having elected upon retirement around 9 years ago, to escape from an increasingly alien London, my wife and I decided to make Ilfracombe our home. The other is that we were quickly followed by all three daughters, two of whom, with our two grandsons, are among our closest neighbours, and the other of whom lives in Fremington.
There are many things to love about Ilfracombe.
But most of all, there are the people of Ilfracombe.
I wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.