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Friday 02 April 2010

Simon Schama reflects on the history of political rhetoric and the power during election campaigns of televised debates. He recalls famous clashes in America between presidential hopefuls and wonders how famous historic political rivals Charles James Fox and the younger William Pitt or Gladstone and Disraeli would have fared on screen.


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