Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Hazel Blears in Plain English ... Or Not

In a speech today, Hazel Blears says she wants to involve people in decision-making and local politics. Could she perhaps get her government department to start talking in plain English. A classic example of New Labour jargon and reliance on quangos...

"Under the NEP, regional empowerment consortia are working with Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnerships, and GOs in each region taking forward the NEP programme. We will set up a series of participatory budgeting "regional learning sets", and we are exploring how this could work alongside and through the NEP's regional consortia (made up of third sector groups working with communities and local authorities to help improve and facilitate empowerment) DCLG, Participatory Budgeting: a draft national strategy, 19 March 2008,p.20."

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

If you weren't angry enough when you read that, read it again while remembering our money pays for this garbage.

londonerr said...

Yes I get that, Iain. She's saying "this is too complex and important for you proles so I'll dress it up in exclusive language to keep you out".

My word verification makes more sense.

verity said...

Aaaarghhhh! It's not just the gobbledegook, it's the impudence in pretending to address the electorate in this made-up, specious "language" whose purpose is to obscure.

Anonymous said...

NEP? Lenin's New Economic Policy? Dearie me.

Anonymous said...

Hazel Bears and Tony McNumpty are a pair of complete bastards. I've said before that Hazel (Chipmunk) Blears would, if it suited her ambitions, defend the bloody Nazis. She is incapable of speaking normally and from the heart, it is always the party line. Every interview with ehr makes me howl in anger at her inability to just be a normal human being.

Newmania said...

Do you think this comes in roll form with perforations ?

Edland said...

What are the Government Offices? What do they do? Why do we have one in London when we have directly elected London Government? Why do they occupy an office in a prime riverside location?

How many quangos does it take to change a lightbulb?

John M Ward said...

Ah, this is to make us all Blear-y eyed while reading it...

permex said...

Sanskrit is far easier to understand...what an unmitigated panfull of logorrheic effluent from this dreadful harpy.

verity said...

The sheer impertinence of addressing the electorate in such terms! How dare she pretend to be communicating with the voters while using non-language, which she doubtless feels is rather clever, to obfuscate her non-message to THE VOTERS?

The arrogance! "We are the masters!"

Hazel, you ugly little thing with your badly dyed hair, your simply ghastly make-up and your joke couture plus the arid desert of your creepy mind - your day will come.

She didn't even have the sense to have a gay friend advise her on her repulsive appearance, although I can understand the dearth of gay men who would touch this project with a barge pole.

Hazel, once you're dumped, you will always have a second career as an emetic. You can put cards up in telephone boxes and similar: "For a good barf, call Hazel. All major credit cards accepted."

Oh, gosh, I hope I didn't sound too direct.

verity said...

I can't get over the smug impertinence. I would recommend that she be cut off at the knees, but then we'd never find her as she was being sluiced down the drain 'ole into her natural environment.

verity said...

It is not the deeply-dyed (what colour is she using, Frankenstein 666?) Blears' fault that she is malformed. I accept that. I acknowledge that any comments from me about the abnormality of her appearance and her bizarre speech patterns and her behaviour may be unfair according to socialist fantasies.

My name is Verity and I have approved my decision to trash this impertinent little squit.

Anonymous said...

Comrade Blears seems to be putting forward the New Economic Policy. That last proto-capitalist gasp of Lenin before Stalin introduced rigid central planning.

Comrade Blears has also received a donation from Anthony Bailey, First Class Grade of the Order of the Madara Horseman (REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA), Knight Commander of the Pontifical Order of Pope Saint Sylvester (HOLY SEE), Knight Commander with Star of the Order of Infante Dom Henrique (PORTUGUESE REPUBLIC), Knight Commander of the Royal Order Al-Alaoui (KINGDOM OF MOROCCO), Knight Grand Cross of the National Order of Juan Mora Fernandez (REPUBLIC OF COSTA RICA), Grand Officer of the Order of Manuel Amador Guerrero (REPUBLIC OF PANAMA), Knight Commander of the National Order of The Cedar (REPUBLIC OF LEBANON), First Class with Collar grade of the Order of Unification - 22 May (REPUBLIC OF YEMEN), First Class Grade of the Syrian Order of Outstanding Merit (SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC), Knight Commander with Star of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George and Knight Commander of the Royal Order of Francis I (NAPLES) and Knight Commander of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, (HOLY SEE).

Mr Bailey is the husband of Her Serene Highness Princess Marie-Therese von Hohenberg. A direct descendant of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his morganatic wife, Countess Sophie Chotek, Duchess of Hohenburg.

Yes, Comrade Blears is a true socialist.

John M Ward said...

In response to edland, I can say that the Government Offices were originally a very good idea, in that they amalgamated the regional office structure of four Government Ministries.

This reduced costs by removing duplication of many functions (I know: my own job went as a result) and brought all the functions together in one place. Not only did this avoid people having to make multiple contacts, it also meant the various parts worked far more closely together. This all happened in 1996.

They were not quangos, though I don't know what their status is today.

What has happened during the Labour years has, apparently, been a considerable downgrading of their value, as they have been transformed into something hugely different from what they had intended to be.

In my last days at GO London (I spent three months helping get everyone established and running smoothly) I saw the makings of a very good facility; but that has all gone to waste in recent years.

Although I wasn't keen on Riverwalk House as our new home, there were very good reasons for choosing that site as distinct from another site not far away that I personally preferred.

I hope this info helps.

ern malley said...

Way to go, Hazel!

Before we know it, The Community will all be standing on a level playing field, reading your blue sky thinking from the same hymn-sheet while some Hero of the Revolution [Tony McNumpty?] pushes the envelope out of the box.

Lor' bless ye, Ms Blears! We newly empowered proles are lachrymose with gratitude.

Edland said...

Mr Ward: very helpful, thank you.

Not a sheep said...

All those acronyms cost the taxpayer money, and real money not PFI money. This Labour government make me sick with their waste and their incompetence.

Anonymous said...

"My name is Verity ... impertinent little squit."

Why don't you take your insults elsewhere you odious old bat.

Broon's Talking Bawgie said...

@ not a sheep:-

"So what?"

machiavelli said...

As clear as is the summer sun...

Anonymous said...

Hmm, her words are the ravings of a true bollocks meister. (I bet there is one in an office near you)