Political Rhetoric

Former parliamentary sketch writer Edward Pearce goes in search of the heart of good political speaking, from the high style of the 18th century to the barnstorming public address and the modern media age.

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012006120320061206

In this programme he looks at the very best - and worst - of classic parliamentary rhetoric: florid, abstract and deadly.

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He investigates the stirring 19th century style of speaking, and the beginnings of great public oratory.

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A look at the decline and fall of oratory in the era of political celebrity, and the sound bite.