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We feel we've been led down the garden path by the council to get us off this land.
People don't like being led down the garden path, and they don't like having to backtrack to figure out what the writer really meant.
So although, this time round, the political discussion has been superficial and people have been led down the garden path in their aspirations for democracy, the process has begun.