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Fashionable as it may be to wear one’s working class origins draped around one’s neck like costume jewellery, sometimes you discover you are wearing the wrong accessories: I spent one of the most uncomfortable nights of my life eating dinner with a woman whose grandfather had owned the colliery where some of my own ancestors had worked. Add to this that he was also the architect of the Balfour Declaration, and that I am married to a Palestinian, and you have a perfect recipe for indigestion.

You might expect this to have united my husband and I in a dyspeptic…

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