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The duel: Does politics really matter?

The primary agent of change—or simply a reflection of deeper cultural shifts? A former cabinet minister and a literature expert advance opposing views

By Malcolm Rifkind & Freya Johnston  

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Yes—Malcolm Rifkind 

Politicians are viewed by many without enthusiasm. Politics is perceived to be the means whereby a handful of people vie to achieve or maintain power, with scant regard for the public interest. But while such practices are common, politics, in its proper meaning, is something far broader, and often decent and honourable. Politics is the prime way in which decisions are taken in our society without recourse to physical violence and, most of the time, subject to the rule of law.

Some politicians are villains, but most who choose a political vocation are not. Abraham…

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