Reviews and comment from the Demon Crew - creative writers at De Montfort University, Leicester.

Monday, 7 March 2011

The Art of Possibility

We live in a topsy-turvy world of politics in the 21st century, something Tim Hames put down to the loss of ‘The Art of the Possible’ in recent times.

It was refreshing to hear somebody speak critically about modern politics without relying on the one-stop idea that “it’s all the media’s fault” and instead highlighting real issues such as a lack of political autonomy in modern governments, the changing structure of the electorate (and yes, the influence of the media is a factor) and the rapidly accelerating pace of European integration.

Although sometimes overwhelming, the political insight I gained in one hour in that tiny lecture theatre was incredible, and I only wish the league of amateur pub politicians had attended. I definitely feel less a part of that league now.

Elliot Speight

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