"Let me be clear..."

Politicians - please stop saying this!

18 messages
19/03/2012 at 22:10

How often do you hear this these days?? Even some of our bosses at work are doing it now. So, let me be clear - STOP IT!!

Why do they feel the need to ask permission to be explicit when clarity in their statements is often rather lacking? Just be clear in the first place!

19/03/2012 at 22:22

I've just seen Milliband or other use the phrase twice in a single sentance on the news...

The fence was so far up his arse. his eyes must have been watering

19/03/2012 at 23:25
It's probably going to be the new 'going forward'.  I always remember when our CEO had clearly been reading Management For Dummies as she started using that phrase and changed her title from Director to CEO.
20/03/2012 at 00:05

Going forward is horrid.  It's all over rugby at the moment.  "We need a manager that will develop the team going forward" "It's about getting the right blend of players going forward".  A shite, superfluous phrase.  Probably a load of management consultants comment on the BBC boards.

I'm guessing "Let me be clear" is a way of saying "You can quote me, but I'm going to make sure that you don't mis-quote me, you tosser" and that we will see more of it, together with other generic phrases, as a part of an holistic politician/press interaction going forward.

Edited: 20/03/2012 at 00:05
20/03/2012 at 03:22
they are saying.... im not one of these flannelling politicians....i give it to you straight.
20/03/2012 at 06:09
I hear what you're saying.
20/03/2012 at 07:40

Just so we're on the same page - let's not pollute this by diverging from the meeting pool

20/03/2012 at 07:46

Politician's - Just stop

Thats all that really needs to be said.

20/03/2012 at 08:18
Guy Fawkes was right !
LIVERBIRD    pirate
20/03/2012 at 08:54
It's one of the reasons I like John Prescott. He uses 'yes' 'no' and his fists.
20/03/2012 at 15:38
Yes, JP is renowned for his plain speaking .......
20/03/2012 at 15:43
LIVERBIRD wrote (see)
It's one of the reasons I like John Prescott. He uses 'yes' 'no' and his fists.

It's what you expect from a pseudo scouser  !
20/03/2012 at 15:52
Steady on Dave - JP is from the other side of the Pennines.  You could start a war with that sort of talk.
20/03/2012 at 15:55
He isn't.. He's Welsh !!!  He was born in Prestatyn and went to school in Ellesmere Port (only the secondary modern unlike some of us)
20/03/2012 at 16:01
I thought he was from Hull?
20/03/2012 at 16:03
20/03/2012 at 16:09
Yep, had a look aftr I hit submit.  I stand corrected.
20/03/2012 at 16:11

Fat, Gobby, Scouse.............

(I admit I only knew cos he went to the school just down the road from me and Suzie, Wouldn;t have otherwise)

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