Apr 11 2012 by Donald Morton, Stirling Observer Wednesday
TWO Bannockburn High School pupils rubbed shoulders with the UK’s top three politicians.
As part of the BBC School News Report, Jennifer Nicol and Vangie Watret (both S5) were chosen to be among 12 scholars from around Britain to interview Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband.
School Report is an annual BBC project which allows youngsters to make their own news for a real audience, turning their classrooms into newsrooms.
Jennifer and Vangie asked questions on key political issues which are important to young people. They also raised lighter subjects such as whether the Prime Minister had danced round the state rooms, like the film character played by Hugh Grant in Love Actually.
Mr Clegg admitted to doing his own shopping, saying he is a regular customer at his local Sainsbury’s and Waitrose.
And Mr Miliband claimed he and his brother do not argue and told the pupils they had made a decision not to “bad mouth”each other.
Vangie was surprised by the party leaders’ down-to-earth approach. She said: “I realised the leaders were just down-to-earth human beings.”
The Bannockburn pupils were the only students representing Scotland on the trip. The girls also worked with leading BBC journalists including Martha Kearney and Andrew Bomford, who gave guidance on preparing and asking appropriate questions.
Jennifer said: “It is not something many journalists can say they have done, interviewing David Cameron, Ed Milliband and Nick Clegg in one day. It was an experience that money can’t buy.”