By Eddie Luigi
Words are the tools of trade for politicians and comedians. No cheap jibes from me about the interchangeability of them.
I will now use a minister’s favourite reply to an awkward question.
Let me ask you a question. Would you trust yourself to a surgeon who did not know which tool to use during your operation? Or would you hire a plumber who did not know which spanner he needed?
By the time a politician gets to the dizzy heights of the ministerial echelons, they should have a full toolbox of words and phrases they can use for any given situation to explain what they mean.
All too often, though, this government will either use or not use words in order to state that the quote was not what they meant, if it becomes evident that the quote may be used against them or ‘as I said only last week/month/year’ if there is political capital to be gained.
For a ministerial politician to claim they have been misquoted or their words were taken out of context, to me suggests they did not choose their words with care, which must be the golden rule of ministerial positions.
Often the Conservatives, will hide the small print of their policies behind huge headline grabbing figures in the hope that the electorate won’t be bothered to look for the devil in the detail.
£Xbn for housing!!
Which translates to the price of a small studio flat in most towns, but not the big cities.
That translates to slightly cheaper accommodation if you area in the salary range of a Tory voter.
£Xbn for the health service!!
Which probably translates to two pence ha’penny per patient, as long as you don’t have an illness that needs special care, in which case look to the charities or private health care.
“Of course she was training journalists”
Which translates to ‘you had no reason to imprison this mother, so I will give you a false reason you can use to lock her up for five years’ followed by a false apology.
So what’s in a name?
I think a socialist government by any other name would be just as caring.
A Tory Minister by any other name would still be an uncaring, lying, elitist, apology for a caring human being.