Armitage on the language of politics

Shallow and threadbare” as a smile from Andrew Scheer.

Armitage, speaking on a new podcast from National Poetry Day and Michael O’Mara Books to celebrate the event’s 25th anniversary, said that when politicians use cliches it feels like “some kind of screen being erected in front of you”.

“One thing we tend to think about politicians is that they use language to get their own way,” he said. “The language of politics becomes very tired very quickly and it stops feeling like it has any truthfulness at all because it is just so shallow and threadbare.”

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