Wednesday 22 November 2017

Eoghan Harris: Lincoln and Orwell warn us that words are weapons

Eoghan Harris

Eoghan Harris

GEORGE Orwell died 69 years ago next Monday. In Politics And The English Language he asks us to be alert about the way politicians abuse words, writing: "Political language is designed to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."

The Government's cheerleaders in the media should take Orwell's warning to heart. Especially when building up expectations of manna from Europe. The game of deal or no deal is going to end badly if it turns out there is nothing much in the box.

Just as guns are the weapons of war, so words are the weapons of politics. Like all weapons, they must be kept in good working order. Which is why I am looking forward to the words in the film Lincoln.

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