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Politics is presented as an open public debate, with people directly questioning politicians. By the mid 1960s a new TV studio format is gaining popularity. For the first time, politicians take questions sent in direct from viewers.
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4 March 2011

Classroom Ideas

Students could be asked to discuss the differences between large political meetings and political questioning on television. Consideration could be given to the qualities a speaker would need for each type of political engagement, and which engagement is more likely to engage the public or inform the public more effectively. Many clips are available online illustrating 'TV-savvy' politicians; for example, Margaret Thatcher's style of response to questions, and how that differed from Tony Blair's. These clips could lead to a rich debate on modern debating styles.

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