Fight for your right to (political) party | Matt Forde | TEDxHousesofParliament

Fight for your right to (political) party | Matt Forde | TEDxHousesofParliament

you good afternoon hello alright hello I'm Matt and I've always been a huge fan of politics and I'm quite obsessed with it my firm belief really is that as well as all the other great speakers we've had today sort of made the point of politics needing to engage your people I think there's an emphasis on the fact that people need to engage your politics as well and you can't always absolve yourself of your responsibilities as a citizen by somebody saying that politics isn't for me and it's difficult at times I think it's difficult currently and but I think what's quite important is key to our relationship with politics sometimes to view it as entertainment and to liberate ourselves from taking it too seriously now my favorite television program is Prime Minister's question time which I realize is tragic and I realized that most people don't like it because it seems I care a publicly you know a public school predominantly male middle class an old club of people that are alien to you and I the problem is I find it absolutely brilliant television as a result and I would like to recreate because I think a lot of people have never been have never experienced it or not to recreate the magic of the House of Commons right here in this historic modern conference hall and now I'll talk you through it we'll do this together as a room entry level behavior in the House of Commons is the noise of agreement and it's this noise yeah now I want you to all do this as loud as your camera I'll say something you could barely disagree with and then together as loud as you can and it'll feel like we're right there at promises question time at mr. speaker I think the only solution to my country's economic woes it's to ensure that everyone present today at this TED event gets a hundred thousand pounds in cash that feels good than it if you're more elevated and learn it already the polonaise Parliament it's the only place you can make that noise if you agree with something if you do it in Wetherspoons you look simple I'd say what Terry Arsenal cannot defend yeah it's difficult and there are politicians as well out there that you might not want to vote for but that can be enjoyed purely for entertainment purposes a lot of these politicians are currently found in Nuuk it mostly Nigel Farraj now I like Nigel ROG I would never vote for him but he has a particular set of skills that partly explain his success but partly mean he can just turn him on the telly and enjoy him for a bit of fun he never comes and R's his political skills he's always on the ball and he always manages to get a sort of political message into any answer you can ask him anything you could say Nigel watch out for breakfast mate and he goat a toast and a telegraph great British breakfast right he's only the whole time that constant sort of there we go but no for too long the British bait ball a bit over rolled by the European Constitution and by barmy brussels bureaucrats since then all attack and it sounds sort of enormous sounds vaguely plausible when he says it the problem is with Nigel is that it sounds great but the lyrics are all full he's like a wases still there to be enjoyed of course I interviewed him I set up which I was so disillusioned with the way that elements of the arts were covering politics because I loved it and even people I disagree with I think deserve to be respected and I set up a showing London called the political party where every month had a better stand up and then interview a politician and that Nigel Farage on some of the stuff we came out with and there's a lesson to this is that I think the most for the most part the way that politicians are interviewed is in quite a hostile manner even by sometimes quite a slavish mainstream media politicians are immediately mistrusted they're not given enough time to get their answers out so what I wanted to do was build a show where actually they're allowed to waffle a bit because if that is a price worth paying for more interesting answers of a politician relaxing and saying a little bit more incident these are people who care about the future of the country who are deeply motivated public I wanted to give them a bit more time I don't want to have a bit of a laughs I've got Nigel Ferrara John and his I think some of the stuff we came out with this is word-for-word is for you on global warming he said well look people talk about the greenhouse effect but have you seen a greenhouse I mean stuff actually grows in there what living in a greenhouse who had fair point that was the end of it amazing high I mean I have to admit this this is difficult to admit but I am if I was a woman I'd find him sexually attractive partly because you know some people have just drawn to rebels and he feels like a bit of a bad guy the problem is I think that he constantly talks in that way even when he's in the bedroom and that freaked me out I'm going to undress you then I'm going to satisfy you because it's nothing less than you and the British people deserve freaked me out of it there's a view as well that there aren't any characters you know politics is boring these days all the leaders of boring MPs are all the same it can't be further from the truth there's some fascinating people in Parliament there's a Conservative MP called douglas Carswell who just a few weeks ago stopped a thief in the middle of his constituency and held him when he saw an exit this stationery shop held him there until the police arrived now my favorite part is still free it's not that he apprehended a thief because that's good it's what he said to him a number of eyewitnesses heard this Conservative MP Carswell say to this thief when he got him up against the wall he went you probably got one away this mate but I'm your local MP not the local MP also in reelection campaign so you don't have car so what have you ever done for this town well I hope to reduce NHS waiting list in I we give a tax cut to people on low incomes I stop that far outside Yates's what are you lot got involved did you there's a big fear with it I think you there's a genuine risk you could turn on the news in a few years and they're the Conservative MP douglas Carswell was stabbed death today intercepting a multi-million pound cocaine deal on the streets of London whose final words were you probably don't to hear this not even your local MP if you watch it as much as I do and enjoy it it's intimate you know it's certain things and this could be quite exciting you can play games when you're watching this the pitch of William Hague's voice has changed dramatically with his reputation from 1997 to 2001 when he was leading the Tory party he spoke very much at the top end of his vocal range and partly as a result of the wall to the fact that he didn't have great policies at the time he was dismissed as a bit of a pipsqueak he went away after defeat shaved all his hair off he came back as foreign secretary and now talks down the bottom end of his vocal range talking to the House of Commons about matters of grave international importance Pearson was sort of Authority and now as Steve alluded to my favourite politician is Tony Blair this gig has turned now the thing about Blair is I feel sorry for him now because he can't say anything without people immediately jumping down his throat even when it's quite sensible in the wake of the European and local elections this year he was talking about what Ed Miliband's response should be to you kit and he said this look I think I think the danger is actually is that labour tries to sort of tack right on immigration twice to outflank you Kip in terms of promising a referendum and that you will only alienate people that we're going to vote labour precisely because we weren't going to promise a referendum so I think expose you Kip for their more grotesque elements and campaign against them on their record as you would any other party but because it was playing right perfectly sensible right because it was Blair people went oh yeah he's poking his nose in again well Blair have you heard what Blair's come out with he could say anything it could say look I think if you're gonna have a barbecue in this sort of weather you're better off waiting for the Sun to come out because for too many years you know you'd start it when it was raining and that you know the meat would get ruined frankly it says it for a decent bit of sunshine good to go oh yeah wait Saint only people who live in rainy parts of the country shouldn't be allowed to eat me oh you make me sick what if you ain't got a barbecue Tony you're gonna make out your neighbors got one of them bomb him anyway yeah poor guy Boris Johnson as well wow what a character how can you not enjoy that bloke unless you've got to live under his rule yeah he's got a fascinating technique particularly when he's asked a question about David Cameron he will immediately firstly flatter the audience throw in some Latin and then talk about David Cameron in the most sarcastic way it can't be taken seriously oh yeah it's great to be here quita it frankly you know houses democracy a vibrant place of debate anywhere in the country I say to my friends you know Naveen Eddy nough dictum and all I would says all I would say to you know David Cameron he is the most decisive we've had since Disraeli the most impassioned since church indeed the most masculine we've had since margret thatcher's I think in a small way you know oratory does matter obviously what politicians do is crucial but if they're gonna be around and if we're going to engage them at least enjoy the ones that make the world a little bit of a brighter place by the way that they do it and to demonstrate this point that even taking the same passage can be delivered in very different ways I'd like to read a paragraph from one of my favorite books that's a nasty surprise in it it's a good trip I'm not going bold at the back that'd be an awful way to find out that's really passage some one of my favourite books Winnie the Pooh now and I'll read this paragraph in the style of three speakers firstly in the vague style of Nick Clegg who I feel is the at the lower end of the oratorical spectrum secondly as Tony Blair and then thirdly as a generic northern trade union rep so firstly it's firstly it's Clegg now the thing is with Clegg is that Nick Clegg often puts in those sort of fake pauses to make it look as if though he's saying something relevant very frustrating to listen to so I'll do it first here's Clegg what's in amazement as these words literally failed to leap off the page as it happened it was rabbit who saw piglet first be that gone up early that morning to sort of pick himself a bunch of violets and when he picked them it put them in a pot in the middle of his house it suddenly came over him that no one ever picked he or a bunch of violets and thought about it the more he thought about sad it was to be an animal who never had a bunch of violets pick free right stiff starchy Clegg now in the hands of Tony Blair Blair's oratorical star was this talk about the big stuff and then make it personal 100 in Blair Suns as it happened it was rabbit who saw piglet first piglet come up early that morning to pick himself a bunch of violets and when he picked them put them in a pot in the middle of his house you know it suddenly came over him no one had ever picked he or a bunch of violets and the more he thought about it you know the more he thought how sad it was to be an animal who'd never had a bunch of violets picked for him yeah now finally the generic northern union rep I need to know about these people is they don't pause for breath they're northern and whatever it is they're talking about there is a deep injustice at the heart of it I see that but it we're Rabideau so big that first piglet got up early that morning to pick himself a bunch of violets somebody picked him and put him in a pot in the middle of his house it suddenly came over him no one had ever picked C or a bunch of violets and the more he thought about it the more he thought South Sun it was to be an animal who never had a bunch of violets pickering thank you let's demo a map board and show the rest of they sure are

10 thoughts on “Fight for your right to (political) party | Matt Forde | TEDxHousesofParliament

  1. As a political commentator . . . . Fair to middling
    As a comedian . . . . about as funny as a dead pigeon

  2. What a wanker and a very UNFUNNY wanker at that.
    Keep your 'conspiracy theory expertise' to yourself in future and stop appearing on supposed sensible political progs with Andrew Neil.
    Another lackey of the establishment elite, though the dumb sheeple are too stoopid to see it.

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