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Making sense of soundbites 2.

Since my previous post on this, I have been sent several similar new words and phrases that suggest that this verbal dross if far more commonplace than I had first imagined. It also appears that only ones who are actually ‘accountable’ in any real sense, are those at the bottom of the food-chain, who are constantly required to justify their existence to the soundbite inventors.

I have been sent some crackers but have also begun to look through a variety of reports and plans, crackdown literature and at the political speakers and realised that they seem to say a lot without actually saying anything it relevant, useful or worthwhile. How they get to this stage where they can talk for ages yet say nothing that can be used to pin them down or justify what they do baffles and amazes me. This seems to apply to anyone in the public arena who has a responsibility. in the loosest sense, for delivering something to somebody and usually as part of their ‘remit’. They evade answering questions like the plague and turn to their trademark statements of what should be asked or to deflect from anything contentious. When you see the public figures speaking just listen to what they say. They must have been trained in evasion and deflection techniques.

They always have a ‘vision’ of something.

They always have ‘aims’ and ‘values’ and always ‘work hard’ and always, always value differences.

When asked to quantify what they have done the same old stuff rolls out by way of statements that sound positive without explaining what has actually been done.

There is a real determination to sort this out or to get things done.

There is real momentum. There is a real determination about this.

Things are moving forward. Things are moving forward on the ground.

We have increased this or that or something else, in real terms.

We have spent, sorry, invested more than anyone else ever before (that’s called inflation mate).

There are now more of this, more of that, they are better equipped to deal with this and that.

We are doing better than before. We have more of this than ever before. We have more of that than ever before.

Just a list of positive sounding non-statements that try to create the illusion that something is being done all the time about whatever the problem is but at the same time saving huge amounts of money to ‘invest’ in the political niceties of the chosen group. One could, for example, remove or greatly reduce all border control yet claim that immigration is somehow a form of managed migration.

When it all goes wrong and there appears to be a small problem it-is never their fault.

There is always regret, or an error of judgement or even an inadvertent mistake.

Perhaps like the inadvertent oversight of £100,000 by one of our elected representatives.

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2 Responses

  1. Which end bites, an excellent post again. Those that move up the ranks use these sound bites whilst kicking the butts of those at the bottom, and worse still they get promoted on these daft statements. WEB this is eaxctly what I have been harping on about.

    ” create the illusion that something is being done all the time about whatever the problem is but at the same time saving huge amounts of money to ‘invest’ in the political niceties of the chosen group.”

    I guess in what I have been saying, these soundbites make the job of an operational officer difficult, they also don’t help the community, they just create an illusion. I guess what I have been saying is get rid of the illusion.

  2. Well c’mon. It’s so easy to overlook £100,000, isn’t it? Any one of us could.
    I’ll bet you that, if he does get ‘sacked’, he’ll be given an even more lucrative position somewhere.

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