More political terms onto the refuse heap
A while ago I wrote a blog about Orwell's 1946 essay 'politics and the English language'. Orwell lamented the “euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness” of the political classes. How true it is today. The mindless repetition of political language is anaesthetizing our brains, and giving an appearance of solidity to pure wind. In that blog, I proposed we cull some of the worst indiscretions - starting with "balance".
As the election campaign gets rolling, expect a barrage of worn out claptrap. Here are a couple more I heard on Question Time:
"We have set out a whole raft of measures" (meaning: I'm sure I've been briefed on this subject but I have no idea what it was)
"As we've made clear..." (meaning: please please believe me!)
"We've made progress, but there is still more work to do" (meaning: we know we should have done better. We know and we're sorry. But please give us another chance and we promise to try harder this time.)
Does anyone out there not have an underlying feeling that if a politician actually stood up and said what they meant - no matter how hard to swallow - they would be immediately declared a national treasure?
So I issue you a challenge - please add to the list. If we manage to reach 50 I will compile them and send them to the leaders of the main parties to help them out before the debates - they need it.