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Kevin, please stop speaking in Ruddles

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by byso, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. byso

    byso Well-Known Member

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    Kevin, please stop speaking in RuddlesBy Dr Neil James
    April 23, 2008 02:41am

    DURING the Prime Minister's recent stay in China, much was made of his mastery of Mandarin.

    Yet Mr Rudd speaks another language he might do well to improve: English. For, during his early months in office, his speeches and interviews have hardly been a model of clarity.

    In particular, Rudd tends to speak in officialese, an unnecessarily complex style that buries his main message.

    He will never do things soon, for example, but is "committed to implementation during the course of the year ahead".

    A good solution is not enough for a Prime Minister who is "in the process of implementing world's best-practice instruments".

    Nothing ever started recently, but "in recent times prior to the commencement".

    This is the language of policy-speak, a professional jargon he no doubt mastered during his days as a diplomat.

    It can bewilder anyone outside the public service.

    The Prime Minister seems to recognise this, but he compensates by tossing in well-worn cliches that only add muddle to the mix.

    At recent press conferences and doorstops, he spoke of giving the world economy a shot in the arm to remove major sticking points, and of putting our shoulder to the wheel while tightening our belt to keep a lid on the inflation bottle.

    While time is ticking away, we apparently need to get into gear and embrace the future because progress is not in the bag by any stretch of the imagination.

    He even has the dubious distinction of adding two new cliches to the Australian lexicon: "working families" and "in due season".

    But does it matter that Mr Rudd uses such an odd hybrid of policy speak and cliche? Perhaps speaking like a policy nerd simply reflects his competence to do the job.

    It matters because policy competence is not enough. A prime minister also needs to communicate clearly with the people he represents.

    How can we understand his new direction in foreign policy, for example, when he speaks of making "some form of conceptual synthesis" out of a "natural complementarity", as he did in his speech to the Brookings Institute?

    The Prime Minister's language is also important because it sets an example.

    When the bureaucracy hears officialese in its master's voice, it will more readily lapse into the kind of government-speak that hampers every public service.

    And it is only a short step from technically dense policy-speak to deliberately deceptive prose.

    Kevin Rudd would do well to heed to words of Aristotle, who advised the ideal orator to think like a wise man, but speak in the language of the common people.

    Until he masters this tongue, our Prime Minister will continue to speak in Ruddles.

    Dr Neil James is executive director of the Plain English Foundation and author of Writing at Work.
     
  2. The Gronk

    The Gronk Well-Known Member

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    Yes he really should stick to one syllable words so the liberals can keep up with him. 
     
  3. byso

    byso Well-Known Member

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    Obviously you've never heard him speak or such a die hard labor voter not to notice his cliche driven waffling.
     
  4. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    The next three years are going to be very painful for you Byso if this is the best you can find. Rudd is a politician and no different to most of them.

    I suppose Brendan Nelson is the epitomy of leadership, marketing and inspiration. :) :) :)
     
  5. byso

    byso Well-Known Member

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    Nelson has nothing, hopefully Costello takes over.

    Rudd is nothing more than a used car salesman.
     
  6. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Costello won't do much better, Labour voters don't trust him
     
  7. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Costello is writing his memoirs, preparing to desert the sinking ship. He didn't have the guts to stand up to JWH when it was his time and who would want to sit as opposition leader for at least the next six years.
     
  8. byso

    byso Well-Known Member

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    Good to see you all agree that Rudd is nothing more than a used car salesman.
     
  9. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    No just better to ignore idiots than get into slanging matches with them!!  One may or may not like Rudd but the used car salesman jibe is not worth the time of day. As said before it will be a long 6 or 9 years for you.
     
  10. Nutzcraw

    Nutzcraw Active Member

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    Kevin is here to stay :)
     
  11. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    better a used car salesman than the other option.

    Hoenestly, how could you miss that cretin?

    I just dont get it. He mislead many with the interest rate ****e, luckily those with 1/4 of a brain or more woke up to it the second time.

    He was a damn good politician, but he is gone and the best leader for the country for where we are right now is in power.

    Build the bridge
     
  12. byso

    byso Well-Known Member

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    I had to put up with you Muppet's bag Sir Johnie for years.  ;)

    So don't whine about me pointing out the obvious on your cliche King, Rudd.
     
  13. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    but there was substance for me to whine about rather than a few cliches.

    Thats up there with Fro's spelling and grammar whinges.
     
  14. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    The word is that poor Johnny was not granted a knighthood by the Queen as it was felt enough of the Australian public had already given him and his party the sword.
     
  15. The Gronk

    The Gronk Well-Known Member

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    Not all conservatives are stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives!!
     
  16. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    hehe, you and many other heathens Dougie :)
     

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