John Harris

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How to cut through the political noise to talk to the people who matter

With the EU referendum looming, we want you to tell us: who should we discuss the big issues with?

It was a Tuesday lunchtime in Druid Heights, a struggling central Baltimore neighbourhood, all boarded-up houses and abandoned backlots. We were following a team from non-partisan local church organisation BUILD as they knocked on doors and tried to get people to vote in the Maryland state primaries.

The presidential candidates and their political machines felt as if they were light years away: here, a lot of people talked about politics in the context of where they lived. The outcomes of national elections seemed to amount to a kind of abstract drama. Most people we met supported Hillary Clinton, but they had no illusions about a win for her entailing change in this part of the city. “I’ve seen so many great presidents come through,” one woman told us. “I’ve seen Obama come through. And our community hasn’t changed yet.”

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