Political Speeches

Dr Bernard Cadogan – What makes a good political speech in New Zealand?
8 May 2015

On 8 May we hosted a lunch-time discussion on what makes a good political speech in New Zealand. Dr Bernard Cadogan presented us with a ‘perfect speech’, discussing the place of irony, wit and a range of other tools in political speeches today. It was an informative and thought-provoking speech and the following Q & A session proved stimulating. Speeches discussed by Bernard in his presentation include:

– Sir George Grey’s ‘Millions Yet Unborn’ (8 March 1878)
– Sir Apirana Ngata’s ‘The Gospel of Equality’ (25 July 1939)
– Rt Hon. Simon Upton’s ‘Too Young – Too Old’ (13 December 2000)
– Rt Hon. Helen Clark’s A series of comments (2002, 2003 and 2004)
– Dr Don Brash’s ‘Nationhood’ (27 January 2004)

(i) YouTube videos

Watch the videos from this event below and on our YouTube channel.

Dr Bernard Cadogan – What makes a good political speech in New Zealand?

Dr Bernard Cadogan – Q & A session

(ii) Speech text

Download Dr Bernard Cadogan’s speech: ‘What makes a good political speech in New Zealand?’ (8 May 2015)

(iii) PowerPoint presentation
Download Dr Bernard Cadogan’s presentation slides (PDF, 3.91MB)

 

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