This week Winstanley College politics students received a virtual visit from the BAFTA-nominated journalist John Harris of The Guardian. Harris, who writes a regular column in The Guardian, was nominated for his ‘Anywhere But Westminster’ YouTube political series that visited Wigan in 2019.
Harris took a wide range of questions from students including Lily Ritchie, James O’Neill, Raqib Uddin, Eleanor Colclough, Owen Farnworth, Amy Taylor, Sam Lightfoot, Adam Ball, Will Parkinson, Sam Gardner and Mark Strickland. The topics ranged from the recent performance of the Labour Party, Keir Starmer’s leadership, political differences between younger and older generations, journalists’ obligations to connect with all parts of the country, Brexit, careers in journalism, and media bias. The Guardian reporter praised the students for the quality of their questions and for their kind welcome and thanked the college for the invite.
Politics students at Winstanley experience a range of extra-curricular activities including trips to Parliament and the United States, guest speakers, help with essay competitions and applications to prestigious summer schools at Oxford and Cambridge, taster sessions with leading universities, and the potential for a 6-week period of study at Manchester University. Politics tutor David Cartwright added that “John was immensely impressed with Winstanley’s politics students and the quality of their questions so well done to all Uppers and Lowers involved.”