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Interpreting the electorate’s wishes

ANYONE who has lost a close relative will have learned to beware the phrase “It’s what he/she would have wanted”. The deceased, alas, are no longer around to express their wishes. The temptation is to assume that one’s own desires coincide with those of the departed.
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