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Home truths: Can the new Government solve our affordable solutions problem?

Mark Keenan

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Driving no solutions: Government housing policy has hid behind gobbledegook terms with indeterminable meanings

Driving no solutions: Government housing policy has hid behind gobbledegook terms with indeterminable meanings

Driving no solutions: Government housing policy has hid behind gobbledegook terms with indeterminable meanings

'I could not fail to disagree with you less!" is an example. Or how about: "Brexit means Brexit and we're going to make a Titanic success of it!" Just two utterings of abject gibberish of the sort that earned UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson the most recent Foot In Mouth Lifetime Achievement Award, as presented by the Plain English Campaign.

Led by Chrissie Maher, the PEC has campaigned for 40 years against nonsense jargon by individuals and organisations in power; be they politicians, council officials, the electricity board or banking personnel.

The PEC promotes what it calls "plain-speaking democracy" in an era in which it believes political and corporate language has become ever more evasive, obtuse and vague in its communication. Too often, deliberately so.