Times' Columnist Inspires Politics Students
We were delighted to welcome The Times columnist and former MP Mr Matthew Parris to Kimbolton recently, when he spoke to pupils and parents at one of our regular Politics Society evenings.
We were delighted to welcome The Times columnist and former Conservative MP Matthew Parris to Kimbolton recently, when he spoke to pupils and parents at one of our regular Politics Society evenings. Opening to a packed audience in the William Brown Lecture Theatre, Mr Parris spoke brilliantly about his experiences as a politician and journalist. He combined his observations with his memories of growing up in Swaziland, and studying at Cambridge and Yale.
Lower Sixth Former Oliver Hale said: “Throughout Mr Parris’s talk he maintained that his success was down to luck or chance, yet listening to him speak, it was visibly apparent that this success came from hard work, intelligence, and most of all, perseverance.”
The evening concluded with a lively question and answer session with discussion ranging from David Cameron’s successor, to Parris’s favourite ‘great life’ - Ignaz Semmelweis, a pioneer of antiseptic procedures. Mr Parris left with advice that all in the Lecture Theatre could heed, no matter their age: “Give it a try. If you fail, try something else. Eventually you’ll find something you can do. Life’s really is short, there’s no point spending it hitting your head against the wall.”
Mr Parris clearly enjoyed his visit to Kimbolton, later writing in his Times column: “For anyone getting a bit jaded and cynical about the future of the human race, may I suggest a programme of talking to sixth-formers across Britain? You leave with a spring in your step and a new faith in the future of curiosity and reason.”
Our active Politics and Philosophy Society is open to all year groups, with a termly programme of meetings and guest speakers. Recent topics for discussion have included the works of Nietzsche and Plato, the ethics of war, and the death penalty.
Head of Politics Mr Toby Leadbetter said: “This year we have been fortunate in having some well-known names visiting us, including not only Matthew Parris, but also Tom Pursglove MP; Peter Bone MP; Michael Crick, C4 Political Correspondent & Former Newsnight Political Editor; Sam Macrory, BBC Live News Producer; and 5 News Reporter and Presenter Sally Lockwood.”
Next up in the Politics Society Calendar: Mock Law Case at 1800 on 21 March 2016, in the White Hall. Pupils, staff and parents welcome.