Philip Seargeant – The Art of Political Storytelling

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This is the story of one man’s mission to save the world from the forces of evil. To do battle against a corrupt and self-serving enemy bent on enslaving an innocent population. In order to achieve this, he has to venture deep into hostile territory, abandoning the comfortable existence he once had, and embark on a perilous unforgiving journey. At each stage of the journey he’s assailed by fierce and unscrupulous opponents.

But, at the moment of utmost crisis, he’s able to realise his true potential. Through self-belief, force of character and complete conviction in his cause he faces down the enemy in one final conflict. In doing so, he achieves the unachievable and wins a famous victory. In the closing scene he returns triumphant, not only in what he’s accomplished personally but also in having saved the world from a cataclysmic future.

This is either the plot of most adventure stories or the “back-story” offered the world by ambitious politicians, bent on power at any cost. Philip Seargeant looks at this kind of narrative and finds many parallels in the way right-wing political leaders present themselves. Venturing into the world of video interview, we asked him to expand on his ideas.

About Johnny Mindlin

Johnny Mindlin, the producer, spent 10 years in high-end speech radio, producing book programmes, entertainment / review shows and politics/discussion shows. Tim Haigh is a radio presenter and broadcaster and books reviewer. He also writes for national papers on books and literature.
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