Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Political Euphemisms Part Four
aspire = 'Aspire' is mushy talk of politicians with nothing to say. See also 'crackdown', 'get tough', 'hard working families' . Twitter
bureaucracy = socialism
bureaucrat = socialist
stuffy bureaucracy = socialists telling US what to do
Choice means no more nanny state, you work it out for yourself, and pay for it. (Friend H writes)
cohesive = not divisive
and of course divisive = turning people against the government, us
and so cohesion = everybody’s on OUR side!!!!
Francois Hollande says a top tax rate of 75% would “send a message of social cohesion”. Feb 2012 What on earth he mean?
crackdown = shelling your own citizens
doom and gloom = recession, unions having too much power
lobbying = puffing, pushing
localism, interference, activism… But revealing his action, Mr Pickles said last night: "The High Court judgment has far wider significance than just the municipal agenda of Bideford Town Council. By effectively reversing that illiberal ruling, we are striking a blow for localism over central interference, for freedom to worship over intolerant secularism, for Parliamentary sovereignty over judicial activism, and for long-standing British liberties over modern-day political correctness." Re the Bideford Councillors. First they were forbidden to put prayers on the agenda paper (to bring them in line with the law). Following a mass hissy fit, Eric Pickles unilaterally overturned the decision and justified it as above. Where to start?
malaise = recession, country not making things any more, unions having too much power
men and women of good will = people who agree with me
nanny state = socialism (when Conservatives try to get people to behave responsibly and eat sensibly, that’s not the nanny state)
patriot = Sarah Palin's tweets are minefields of coded words; for her, "patriot" is defined as, "those who agree with me." When she says "Americans," it is not inclusive. (Roger Ebert)
People don’t trust politicians (to pursue a right-wing agenda)
politically motivated = left-wing, motivated to remove a political opponent
public figures who are troubled, tormented, “been through choppy waters” (Boris Johnson) = been prosecuted for drugs, fraud, sex crimes
regime = a government we don’t approve of
shrink the state = reduce welfare
smug = socialist
social exclusion = poverty, deprivation
stabilize = put down revolutions, mop up pockets of resistance, fire on peaceful protesters etc etc
tensions = ethnic hatred or violence
The Russians/Poles need a strong leader = they need a leader who will make them respected on the world stage. Need a leader who’s prepared to threaten and invade other countries while silencing dissidents and making some people extremely rich.
well-intentioned but naïve = socialist (To Where our Well-Intentioned but Naïve Legislative Creep is Leading Us - headline from Civitas website)
Why is it that anything the Tories disagree with is politically correct? Sun commenter
Part Two here. Part Three here. More here. Don't know what happened to Part One. Try here, here, here, here, here and here.