Joe Burns

Community section writer

Joe grew up in Norfolk and currently works as a news and documentary cameraman. He has worked on content for Channel 4, BBC, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and NTN24. He is also heavily involved with Norwich Green Party and is an active member of the independent arts scene in Norwich. He plays drums in a group called Guranfoe that regularly performs in the city and nationwide. He is also a fan of Norwich City Football Club, veganism, atheism, hiking, running and Chapo Trap House.

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(26.04.17) – Locally Speaking Politics: Debates Matter

Theresa May has announced a general election that is set to take place on June 8. Some might say this is a bold move, a drastic U-turn that goes against previous remarks, though I argue it is only a cheap and damaging attack on a struggling opposition that highlights her opportunistic immorality. Of course, she remembers her promise to not call an early general election, but she smells Labour blood and cannot resist.

In usual general elections, leaders of political parties are asked to take part in debates with each other and the general public on television, sometimes live. I believe that live televised debates should be a mandatory part of every major election, especially general elections and local council elections. Live debate with unrehearsed questioning is the best tactic for accessing a politician’s true beliefs, as those that truly believe in what they stand for have unguided, spontaneous responses that show they’re the right people to lead the county. Theresa May’s instant tantrum about the idea of televised debates displays her complete lack of interest in speaking to the people.