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Assessing Politicians Prose

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Distant Ramblings on the Horizon

When politicians make speeches I understand that they are, by and large, made for a political purpose. They will use language and, sometimes, facts in a way that ‘helps’ the reader to understand and subscribe to their point of view. I do, however, have a preference for politicians to get basic, checkable facts contained in their speeches correct. Where they don’t it does leave the impression that either they couldn’t understand the detail they are talking about (i.e. they lack understanding) or that they are misstating information to make their point more compelling (they are deliberately trying to mislead the reader).

Yesterday Elizabeth Truss, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education and Childcare, made a speech to Reform with the title “Improving Teaching”. The opening few paragraphs are about Assessing Pupil Progress (APP). Six paragraphs in comes the first error. APP wasn’t introduced in 1998. It was piloted in 2006-08…

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