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The importance of gentlemanly politicians

Aristotle's concept of magnanimity is at the heart of functioning government

By AC Grayling   June 2015

David Cameron and Nick Clegg shake hands on the Downing Street steps in 2010. © Lewis Whyld/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Magnanimity is the virtue most needed when we least feel like exercising it. After a bitter and divisive general election, during a divorce, after a bad quarrel with a lover or friend, to be great-hearted is the obvious ideal.

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