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Aras talk: all the president's clichés

Ed Power on the banality poll-toppers

Published 22/10/2011 | 05:00

After a campaign that has threatened to go on longer than the Seven Years' War, the presidential election is finally entering its closing stages. Whatever about the vote itself, who will win the poll for most hackneyed lines?

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Martin McGuinness, a man who has led an interesting life whatever you think of his politics, has been telling people he wants to make things 'crystal clear'. Famed for his powers of locution, David Norris assures journalists he's an 'open book'. Gay Mitchell informs us he 'understands our past, believes in our future'. As opposed to NOT believing in the future, Gay?

Meanwhile, Mary Davis of the blinding red dress and wrinkle-free posters is running on the plywood slogan 'Pride at Home: Respect Abroad'. What does that even mean?

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