Students talk Politics and the Media with Nigel Dudley

Nigel Dudley spoke to the Politics Society on Tuesday evening on the subject of Politics and the Media. Nigel is a freelance journalist. He is a leader writer for The Telegraph and The Daily Mail and is the founder of the think tank Quantum. Nigel approached the topic from the angle of how we are manipulated by politicians and the media. He warned and informed us about how distortions are introduced by rhetorical devices, often designed to evade difficult issues. He also described the pressurised routine involved in writing leader columns. Questions explored a wide area, from the influence of the press at elections to the image of Ed Milliband presented in the press, and finished with predictions for the election on May 7th (he thought that UKIP, The Green Party and SNP would not do as well as many have predicted, covering the phenomenon of ‘Shy Tories’ who are ashamed to admit that they will vote Tory but do so in the secret balloting of an actual election). A full audience was treated to an honest and interesting evening by a knowledgeable speaker and much discussion was provoked.

By Jonathan Selby, Head of History

Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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