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托尼·布莱尔:“祖国未来”系列(一)
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托尼·布莱尔在“祖国的未来”系列中关于二十一世纪政治与媒体变幻关系的演讲:托尼·布莱尔开场向路透社表示感谢,并说明此次演讲将从一个更加宽阔的视角探讨媒体,政治与公众生活的关系,同时也指出了自身以及各界在诸方面的不足。
It’s a very great pleasure to be back to Reuters. Let me thank Reuters and the Reuters Institute for giving me this opportunity to say these words today, I’d like that be about the experience I had of 10 years of managing media. For better or worse, I think I begin this one as it’s like the end of this; nonetheless, it’s very good to come along and share these reflections with you today. The purpose of the series of speeches that I have given over the past year has been deliberately reflective to get beyond the immediate headlines or issues of the day and contemplate in a broader perspective, the effect of a changing world on the issues of the future, and this speech which is on the challenge of the changing nature of communication on politics and the media is from the same perspective.
I should say some preliminaries at the outset .This is not my response to the latest whacking from bits of the media ; it is not a whinge about how unfair it all is. As I always say, it's an immense privilege to do this job and if the worst that happens is harsh media coverage, it's a small price to pay. And anyway, like it or not, some do some not, I have won 3 elections and am still standing as I leave office. This speech is not a complaint, it is an argument.
And it’s a result of being at the top of the greasy pole for thirteen years, ten of them as Prime Minister, my life, my work as Prime Minister, and its interaction with the world of communication has given me pretty deep experience, again for better or worse.
Let me also say categorically, a free media is a vital part of a free society .You only need to look at where such a free media is absent to know this truth, but it is also part of freedom to be able to comment on the media. It has a complete right to be free. I, like anyone else, have a complete right to speak.
My principal reflection, however, is not about 'blaming' anyone; it is that the relationship between politics, public life and the media is changing as a result of the changing context of communication in which we all operate. No-one is at fault, this change is the fact; but it is my view that the effect of this change is seriously adverse to the way public life is conducted; and that we need, at the least, a proper and considered debate about how we manage the future, in which it is in all our interests that the public is properly and accurately informed. They are full of our priority and they are not well served by the current state of affairs.
In the analysis I am about to make, I first acknowledge my own complicity. We paid inordinate attention in the early days of New Labour to courting, assuaging, and persuading the media. In our own defence, after 18 years of Opposition and the, at times, ferocious hostility of parts of the media, it was hard to see any alternative. But such an attitude ran the risk of fuelling the trends in communications that I am about to question.
It is also incidentally hard for the public to know the facts, even when they are subject to the most minute scrutiny, if those facts arise out of issues of profound controversy, as the Hutton Inquiry showed.

1.for better or worse
解析:不管怎样
e.g. He promised to take her for better or for worse.

2.deliberately
解析:慎重地;谨慎地;故意地,蓄意地
e.g. I believe the house was deliberately set fire to.

3.preliminary
解析:初步;开端;预备;预考;初试;预赛;淘汰赛
e.g. He spent a long time on polite preliminaries.
These boxers did quite well to get through the preliminaries.

4.whacking
解析:巨大的;极大的;有力的;
e.g. They live in a whacking great house in Hollywood.

5.whinge
解析:嘀咕;抱怨不止
e.g. People who whinge about crime are told that they should leave the country.

6.It's a privilege to do
解析:很荣幸做…
e.g. It's a privilege to deliver a speech here.

7.adverse
解析:相反的;反面的;不利的,有害的;反对的;
e.g. Adverse winds hinder ships.
The expedition encountered adverse weather conditions.

8.ferocious
解析:凶猛的;残忍的
e.g. a ferocious attack; a ferocious lion

9.hostility
解析:敌意,敌视 (+to/toward)
e.g. We had no hostility toward the new neighbor.

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