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Politics is, by definition, adversarial. Its systems are designed to bring together people with competing views, so that they might argue over and decide on the “affairs of the cities” – which is the literal translation of the Greek word πολιτικά (Politiká). But, in recent times, politics has felt like it has become more adversarial, more polarised.
People on different sides of an argument seem entrenched in their views, and appear not to take the time to listen and carefully consider what their opponents are actually saying, with discussions – in the House of Commons, on TV and radio, and particularly on social media – often descending into mud-slinging.