The Difficulties of Democratic Debate
by Richard Hoggart - 1963
The author admits that the Pilkington Committee made mistakes. And they were severely criticized for them. But his argument has been that the curious reception of the Pilkington report illustrates much more than the errors of a committee. He believes it was attacked as sharply as it was because, first, most of its critics were simply not ready to admit "the height of that great argument," that this was an argument about freedom and responsibility in a democracy. The Committee did not match its demands, but they did see something of the scope of the argument, and they tried to show that it was social, cultural, personal, and moral as well as economic and political.
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