Beware The Façade of Political Representation

A mural in Dalston, London, very close to where I used to live and have just visited!

Political representation is good in itself, right? Right.

But is it always what we’re seeing when a member of a certain group gets into power?

Are there examples when behind the surface of diversity we see the same old policies?

The short answer is yes.

The longer answer is in my podcast episodes, with examples from the UK, Lithuania, and Israel.

Please take the time to equip yourself with this knowledge. Because what’s behind that façade of representation can be truly terrifying. 

You can see a list of all of my episodes – including one even more specifically on political representation hereon Spotify.

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