Saturday, 6 May 2017


George Orwell - whether prophet or stooge (I'll leave that debate for another time) added a very valuable word to the English vocabulary: 'Doublespeak'

This week I have seen two examples of this:

Earlier this week I tracked a post from a governmental source that said 'We continue to believe that no deal for Britain is better than a bad deal. But we want a deal. We want a deep and special partnership with the European Union, and we want the EU to succeed'.   (

Today Simon Wolfson, the Tory peer and Next boss who donated £50,000 to Vote Leave said: "The most important thing to come out of Brexit is sending a very clear message to the rest of the world – that Britain is an open country, a free trading country, one that embraces the rest of the world and does not reject it.” ( 

I don't see any consistency in either of these messages.   

The phrase 'have your cake and eat it' springs to mind 

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