Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Bark: Let's be absolutely clear...

I was watching Newsnight yesterday and twice within the space of about thirty seconds, one of the Sinn Fein politicians they were interviewing on the program about the return of devolved government in Northern Ireland trotted out this phrase "Let's be absolutely clear" immediately before proceeding to jabber a huge litany of gobbledegook specifically designed to obfuscate the issue at hand and not actually answer the question he'd been asked.

I've noticed this trend increasingly over the last year or so. It's definitely become a fashion with political spin doctors. First they say "Let's be absolutely clear about this" and then they come out with a spiel of incomprehensible doubletalk so that you immediately feel stupid for not understanding it, because clearly you were *meant* to understand it because he said he was going to be "absolutely clear", which then is meant to make you think "gosh, it's a good job we have politicians to deal with this kind of thing" before you turn over the TV to something life-affirmingly brainless like Eastenders and get muntered on Thunderbird Red.

And we trust these people to run our country. What fools we are...
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