Politics and language. Meaning and public deception: a tale of more than ‘very, very few people’

Durant, Alan (2006) Politics and language. Meaning and public deception: a tale of more than ‘very, very few people’. Critical Quarterly, 48 (2). pp. 85-90. ISSN 0011-1562

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8705.2006.00708.x

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Abstract

Broad questions of political deception and trust in public figures are examined in this article, with reference to a momentary but explosive interlude in British political life: a series of calls for the resignation of Home Secretary Charles Clarke in April 2006 following allegations that he had misled the public during a BBC2 'Newsnight' interview about the release of foreign nationals from UK prisons. Wider issues concerning accuracy in public communication are drawn out from the example discussed, and a notion of public ‘meaning troublespots’ is outlined (as developed further in the author's 'Meaning in the media: discourse, controversy and debate', CUP, 2010).

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