Another recurring theme is the gap between one's political values and personal behaviour. The ethical ground of Between a Wolf and a Dog shifts when Lawrence, Hilary's pollster son-in-law, begins tweaking party polling results before releasing to the media. Just a little massaging of figures, in a subversive protest against the privileging of mob opinion over expert knowledge. Lawrence sees his work as "the horrifying conclusion of democracy … everyone had the chance to speak. Worse still, the dross of it was being listened to; extracts of sludge were being drawn out, held up as truth."