Leading on from yesterday’s post about the disturbing nature of legitimising hate speech by delivering it in a polished and reasonable manner, today’s post is all about spin.
Spin is a wordsmith’s art; although it drives me nuts there’s no denying the talent behind the complex language of misdirection deployed by administrative and political bodies. This, surely, is a kind of magic.
The Chancellor today announced his budget for 2016. Look at the way he’s phrased this point about giving local councils more power: ‘By the end of this Parliament, 100% of local government resources will come from local government – raised locally, spent locally, invested locally.’ Wow! 100%! That’s a high percentage. Wait. Does that mean that local government funding will only come from what the local authority can raise…? He cites as a triumph of the current administration that ‘the gender pay gap has never been smaller’. Great! Except, doesn’t that mean that it still exists? In the 21st century? Is that something to be proud of? He also champions his plans for an ISA that will allow people aged 20 to 40 to save up to £20,000 instead of a mere £15,000, neglecting to elaborate on where all these people in their 20s and 30s who actually have £15,000 to save are hiding…
Finally, he states that ‘the disability budget will still rise by more than £1 billion’ – again, forgetting to mention the estimated 200,000 people set to lose their Personal Independent Payments.
What’s your take on the budget? If you look at the transcript you’ll see it’s all short, punchy sentences and no-nonsense attitude. Is it as plain-speaking as it looks?