Tristram Hunt and the language of modern politics

This article discusses Tristram Hunt’s recent Question Time appearance. Reflections relevant to our Integrity and Language theme. Here’s an extract:

The cult of “message discipline” is eating itself – a vicious circle of leaders imposing rigid scripts on their parties to avoid stories of disunity, forcing media to extrapolate big divisions from small scriptural deviation, making leaders ever more paranoid. The rewards available for saying something original are tiny when set against the risk of ridicule and pillory. The effective candidate is one who can improvise fluently around a theme without saying anything new, painting a void in the colourful inflexions of ordinary speech

About Alex Beaumont

Dr Alex Beaumont is a lecturer in English Literature at York St John University.
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