Sixth Form students interview BBC's Jon Sopel on US election

29 Nov 2019 | St Benedict's School |
29 Nov 2019 |
St Benedict's School

The BBC's Jon Sopel and Channel 5's Andy Bell took part in a US Politics event at St Benedict's, organised and led by A level Politics students Evan Hobson and Finlay Healy on November 26th.

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Given the current volatile and fast-moving political situation on both sides of the Atlantic, it was something of a coup to get two high-powered political journalists - the BBC's North America editor, Jon Sopel (via Skype) and Channel 5's Political Editor, Andy Bell - to attend. Both gave insightful responses to the four main questions put to them by Evan and Finlay: What are the major differences between US and UK politics? Is Trump on the road to a 2020 victory? What is fuelling the rise of populism? What is the impact of social media on election campaigns?

Digital artwork by Nicola Buttigieg (cousin of Democrat candidate Pete Buttigieg and IT teacher at St Benedict’s) provided a useful case study for this last question, in the form of her mosaic composed of 1000s of images submitted via Twitter. A US election campaign intern, Elise Bargman, also talked about how she uses social media to draw together and connect followers, before a lively question-and-answer session drew the event to a close.



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