politics is seldom a popular topic at the dinner table, I don’t regard raising it as a faux pas. As a veteran of Legco, I am pleased to share my viewpoint and even political gossip with friends as long as they are interested. Traditionally, one of the rules of dining etiquette we are taught is not to initiate a discussion on politics at a dinner party or in other social situations, in view of the subject’s sensitivity. I understand this point, but for me this is not the case. Some of my friends like to discuss their opinions on current issues with me, probably because they know I have been participating in politics for over 20 years. More often than not, we laugh over my satirical postings on Facebook as a start to the conversation. Of course, a certain amount of tact is needed during a conversation on politics. One of the most important tips is to keep an open mind when listening to others’ views, even more so to those opposing your own. A sense of humour is also a great lubricant. Last but not least, always be respectful.
James is a longtime politician and chairman of the Manhattan Group