Do interviews ever deliver anything but bad news for politicians and boredom for audiences?

Max Atkinson

Regular readers will know that I have serious reservations about the way speeches have steadily given way to broadcast interviews as the main form of political communication in Britain (a selection of posts on which can be found at the bottom of this page). Masochists wanting to prepare themselves for the ordeal need look no further than Andrew Marr’s interview with Gordon Brown yesterday morning (see above or HERE for full transcript).

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Politicians and broadcasters in the UK: collaboration or capitulation?

Max Atkinson

Now that the rights to my book Our Masters' Voices: the Language and Body Language of Politics (1984) have reverted to me, I'm planning to republish it with additional material on, among other things, how British political communication and media coverage of politics has changed during the past quarter of a century. It's quite a bit longer than my usual posts - so take your time and/or read it in bits. by taking to the hills to fight a guerilla war).

2011 67

Why has British political oratory been banished to the sidelines?

Max Atkinson

My recent blogpost on the decline of oratory prompted an open letter from David Murray, Editor of Vital Speeches of the Day , with three questions that I ought to have a go at answering: An Open Letter to Max Atkinson Dear Mr. Atkinson, In the latest post on your excellent blog plainly-enough named Max Atkinson’s Blog, you applaud a writer from The Independent , for echoing your long held view that, in England anyway, the once-celebrated art of oratory is going to hell in a hand basket.

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