The Power of the Personal

It moves me every time I go to an activist event — from the Women’s March to supporting the Palestinian cause to Brexit  (among many others) — and witness the many individuals in this country who feel so strongly about certain political issues that they’re willing to give significant amounts of their time, energy and intellectual effort to their various causes.  I’m particularly impressed when volunteers approach members of the public on the pavement, ask for a signature and willingly have a discussion with some who just as passionately disagree with them.  It requires determination and fortitude in the face of occasional negativity or borderline verbal abuse.  But sometimes the personal touch makes a big difference and someone is persuaded to sign up to a cause.  That’s when it’s truly worth it — when it’s truly powerful.  That’s also what happened in Camden Town on the 17th of February 208 when the Open Britain group of Hampstead encouraged many and persuaded even more to sign no-hard-Brexit postcards to be sent to the signatories’ MPs.

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