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Hong Kong Tatler - - The Great Debate -

James Tien

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

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