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to wonder why politicians bother to say anything?

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SlightlySuperiorPeasant Wed 26-Sep-12 10:57:03

Every morning news report today has something in it about "At the party conference later today, Nick Clegg will say x, y and z. He will argue that a, b and c. His supporters will urge m, n and o while his detractors will say t, u and v."

It happens every day. Why do politicians bother saying anything when what they will say has already been reported? It is dull and rather absurd.

quoteunquote Wed 26-Sep-12 11:31:16

they have to appear to be doing something.

ShirtyKnot Wed 26-Sep-12 11:32:01

This sounds more like sesame street than the news.

CogitoErgoSometimes Wed 26-Sep-12 11:49:52

It's the pressure of 24/7 rolling news. A continual process of speculation on what might be said followed by reporting of what was actually said followed by analysis of what was really meant by what was actually said. I miss the old days when they'd just play you the speech and let you make up your own mind.....

SlightlySuperiorPeasant Wed 26-Sep-12 12:10:13

Either I haven't been paying attention or it seems to be a fairly recent phenomenon (last year or so). It's just so boring, like the 'sneak preview of next week's episode' or a trailer that shows you all the good bits so there's no point seeing the film. Nothing is a surprise, or a shock, or news.

Sesame street is rather similar grin

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