The Winds of Change Blow Away Rhetoric
POLITICIANS have lost the art of rhetorical argument as they become more and more concerned about "not scoring an own goal", according to an academic expert in political language.
Dr Alan Finlayson, a reader in politics at Swansea University, is embarking on a three-year research project into how politicians speak - using party conference speeches from the last 100 years as an evidence base.
Television and a changing political culture have led the current crop of politicians to be over-cautious rather than inspiring, he suggests.
He said, "What politicians have learnt to do over the last 15years in response to media questioning is to put up a defensive …
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Publication information: Article title: The Winds of Change Blow Away Rhetoric. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales). Publication date: January 29, 2008. Page number: 7. © 2009 MGN Ltd. COPYRIGHT 2008 Gale Group.
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