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11 Apr 2007 12:45

There are a wide number of definitions for "Hack", including a number of political applications of the word.

machine politician: a politician who belongs to a small clique that controls a political party for private rather than public ends
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Imperial College Union

Within Imperial College Union, a hack is one intensely involved in union politics, usually with an unhealthy knowledge of the union's procedures or constitution. Hacks tend to form a clique, which may seem impenetrable to outsiders. Any members of the student media covering political issues are also hacks, by virtue of understanding what is going on.

Wider world

In British politics, "Hack" is often used to describe a political journalist - one who understands the issues at stake and presents them to a general audience.

The BBC's Nick Robinson is a hack in this sense, as is the Live! Editor.