via Western Spring
I am pleased to announce the first nominee this year for the Jonathan
Bowden Oratory Prize, Ben Raymond of National Action. Ben’s
nomination is for the opening speech he made on 2nd May 2015 at the
National Action 2015 Annual Conference. Ben is one of the founder
members of National Action and has been responsible for producing much
of their propaganda material, both in terms of writing articles for the
group’s website, in terms of producing and editing videos and in terms
of designing the hard hitting and often darkly sinister graphics that
are a feature of the group’s propaganda.
Despite the somewhat ‘backroom’ role Ben has played in National
Action, he rocketed to prominence last year following his appearance on
the Victoria Derbyshire show, in which he revealed considerable public
relations skill, far beyond his years.
In this speech Ben speaks at a measured pace which allows him time to
think and speak simultaneously, and which adds a sense of gravitas to
what he is saying. He makes good use of imagery, emotive language
and humour in order to give his speech impact.