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Do words speak louder than actions?

October 7, 2010

This week, three of the students from the Newspaper Journalism MA were selected to interview the MP for Islington South and Finsbury, Emily Thornberry. The rest of us were tasked with listening to each interview, providing feedback and taking notes which we would then use to write a short news story.

I have to admit, had I been one of the first asked to do an interview, I don’t think I would have been handled  it with such calm professionalism. Each of the interviewers asked insightful and interesting questions and I found myself intrigued by what Ms Thorberry had to say. I am less than knowledgable about the world of politics but I am hoping to change this over the coming weeks, particularly as ‘Public Administration’ is a key module of the Newspaper Journo course. Some of the information that I gleaned from each of the interviews with Ms Thornberry was fascinating and has provided me with a number of issues that could potentially lead to semi-interesting patch stories (we are always on the lookout for patch stories!).

After the interviews were over and feedback had been given, we all raced back to campus for the riveting debate on How Far Should a Reporter Go? When it came to writing up the interview the next day I struggled to find a newsworthy angle and in the end the details which I deemed to be most interesting to a reader were those which labelled the Shadow Cabinet candidate as a bit of a hypocrite. This was in  no way my initial response to the interview but the more that I thought about it, the more I realised the blatant hypocrosy of a woman who actively encourages the use of renewable energy sources and yet fails to utilise any herself.

Although not the most impressive thing to ever have been written, I honestly feel that this article has true relevance and it would be interesting to hear what other people think. It also serves as the only evidence of my political reporting, a skill which I am eager to expand on!


Emily Thorberry: Are words louder than actions?

Environmentalist MP, Emily Thornberry has admitted that, despite her greener than green reputation, she has yet to install any renewable energy sources in her own home.

The Labour MP for Islington South and Finsbury told a City University journalist yesterday that, although she actively encourages her constituents to take part in the Feed-In Tariffs scheme, which promotes renewable energy sources at home, taking green actions in her own home is often tricky. She said: ‘I have teenagers at home and often, even switching the lights off can be difficult for them! I don’t have solar panels on my house yet, but I will.’

Ms Thornberry admitted to having reservations about the effectiveness of the Feed-In scheme, going as far as to say that the small wind-turbines installed by some are ‘a bit stupid’.

However, the Shadow Cabinet candidate stressed further need for active environmental initiatives, commenting that even the smallest individual effort will help. She said: ‘The earth is burning out; we have to do everything we can. We are riding a wave of change.’

Ms Thornberry explained that Britain must become a leader of efficient energy, promoting clean industry to the rest of the world. ‘We were the first industrialised country. We need to show the world that we can be an energy-efficient industrialised country,’ she said.

She expressed her deep concern that David Cameron’s new budget cuts are going to drastically decrease the number of green initiatives currently in progress through Britain. She said, ‘To pay off the deficit in five years will have serious consequences and these include the environmental initiatives. We have to be able to pay back the deficit by growth. We have to ensure that we have an active strategy.’

Ms Thornberry is now looking forward to the Shadow Cabinet elections which, she assures us, will enable her to promote these key environmental issues. It will be intriguing to see whether change really begins in the home.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 8, 2010 1:03 pm

    Somehow I expected more Daily Mail-style outrage. Nice words 🙂

  2. October 8, 2010 4:05 pm

    Thanks very much! I had a look at your site too, very impressive. Sadly your site is far more advanced than mine but I’m getting there!

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