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13/02/2017

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The Slicer

Great post. Whilst often frustrated with our politicians lack of grace or leading on behalf of the whole community, a brief drive through the area which are their bedrock of electoral support provides a quick and unwelcome reminder that they are hamstrung by the electorate, particularly in areas which are almost universally orange or green. The familial and societal reinforcement of entrenched grievances and fears of "the other", often without the tempering of personal experience or friendship across the political divide, is a really hard nut to crack. The whole thing is a positive feedback loop which needs to be broken if we are to move forward. We need an outpouring of Grace in our ghetto communities, and we have to continue to think creatively how to bring that about. Those of us living in comfortable middle class suburbs are ill equipped to persuade those with different life experiences and backgrounds.

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