Nicholas Jones, author of the forthcoming Campaign 2010, features at a public discussion “The UK Election and the People’s Verdict: A Vote Against Spin?”
The general election delivered many surprises and confounded pundits. The vote resulted in the first coalition government in the UK since the Second World War. Apart from traditional media, tweeters, bloggers and social networking sites went into overdrive. We had Cleggmania, Bigot-gate and furious spinning in the media. But what did the election result say about the public’s view of media coverage? A panel of influential politicians and commentators will share their views. Chaired by Robin Lustig, BBC Presenter, Nicholas Jones together with Michael Dobbs, Lord Dholakia, Stephen Pound and Sunny Hundal offer their thoughts.
Date: Monday 7 June 2010
Venue: Commonwelath Parliamentary Association Room, Palace of Westminster
Time: 6-8.30 pm.
CAMPAIGN 2010 by Nicholas Jones is due out the end of June 2010.
Gordon Brown’s three years at No.10 were the most turbulent of any premiership in the postwar history of Downing Street. In Brown at 10, Professor Anthony Seldon - Britain’s leading writer on contemporary premiership and on No.10 and best-selling biographer of John Major and Tony Blair - tells for the first time the full, compelling story, bitter but true, of the astonishing end of Gordon Brown’s tenure, and with it the demise of the New Labour project.
Publication date: late September 2010.
Leadership requires public speaking. And that speaking must be effective and successful. There is a lot riding on this success: money, jobs, livelihood, opportunity, governmental policy, or public safety. Words help shape our reality. Words are a lasting legacy. Don’t under-estimate the power of the right words spoken at the right time…or the damage of the wrong words. A speech must be more than self-expression or information; it must make a positive difference. But fear holds some people back. There is a well-known survey that found the number one fear for adults is public speaking. Speech anxiety can be overcome. But, like most things in life, it takes understanding and effort. In my book, I look at the problem of speech anxiety and a number of other issues, such as how to gain the attention of an audience, how to construct a persuasive speech that unites an audience, how to give a speech that will be remembered, how to improve delivery, how to remain ethical, and how to create your own distinctive, unique rhetorical persona. Words are action. A speech can change the world. This is a book for people who really want to get better. It is a book about speeches that make a difference.
In this documentary Iain Dale looks at the terrible consequences of the Rwandan genocide on a trip to the Genocide Memorial at Murambi and the National Genocide Memorial in Kigali.
Watch the documentary here.
Mary K. Blewitt's harrowing and important account of her own experiences of the Rwandan genocide is still available to buy from Biteback.
Listen to John Sweeney discuss his new book with Stephen Nolan on BBC Radio 5 Live by clicking HERE
(John Sweeney features c.8 minutes into the show)