taught etiquette dictates that a dinner party is not the place to discuss politics. A dinner party is meant to be a relaxed yet refined occasion where you can have a good time with old and new friends. The atmosphere should be comfortable and jovial, and the topics light. Politics is more likely to force people apart than bring them together. We all have different backgrounds, dreams and ideals so we are going to have different opinions on things like politics. During Occupy Central in 2014, the subject was introduced at a table. A friend of mine and I had differing opinions and clashed. The friend deleted me from Facebook and we haven’t spoken since. Conversations about politics and other heavy subjects are best kept to more informal gatherings with smaller groups of friends where feelings can be gauged more easily. At a dinner party, guests can easily engage with topics such as science, technology, movies, music, wine, food, family and work, which tend to bring people together rather than push them apart.
Yvonne is an entrepreneur and managing director of family jewellery company Julico