Rhetoric

Boris Johnson and the art of rhetoric

15 September 2018 9:00 am

Boris the rhetorician is in full voice at the moment, delighting his followers and infuriating his enemies. But is this…

Justin Welby is the victim of some very old-fashioned dirty tricks

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Many are still questioning the enthusiasm with which newspapers have implicated Archbishop Justin Welby, as a young man, in the…

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Worry less about what to call Isis, and more about how to fight them

28 November 2015 9:00 am

We should worry less about what to call Isis, and more about how to fight them

Why I’m sick of slippery-slope arguments

19 September 2015 8:00 am

Good laws and valuable scientific discoveries are being blocked with the laziest argument in the book

Plutarch and Aristotle vs Lynton Crosby

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Attack Ed Miliband and sing up the long-term economic plan: that is the now obviously useless scheme devised by the…

Demosthenes vs Michael Fallon

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon’s claim that Ed Miliband, having practised on his brother, would also stab his…

The rhetorical power of ‘never’, from Ian Paisley to King Lear

20 September 2014 9:00 am

He won’t be remembered as Lord Bannside, but Ian Paisley will be remembered for shouting: ‘Never, never, never, never.’ The…

Ancient and modern: Socrates on TV election debates

13 July 2013 9:00 am

Lord Hennessy has been arguing that, as a result of TV debates between party leaders prior to elections, ‘the plausible…