Watching the scenes at the land hearings over the past two weeks has been to witness cynical cruelty at its worst.
The expressions on the faces of people in the long queues outside the venues have had one word written on them: hope. Their singing and patience speaks of enthusiasm for the process. Their impassioned speeches inside the halls speak of how much faith they have in this process. The emotions in the crackling voices show their belief that the promised land is just over the next mountain.