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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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).

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Law and Politics
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Item ID: 8172
Notes on copyright: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: DURANT, A. (2006), Politics and Language: Meaning and public deception: a tale of more than ‘very, very few people’. Critical Quarterly, 48: 85–90. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8705.2006.00708.x, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8705.2006.00708.x. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2011 06:21
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2017 12:12
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/8172

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