Doherty's ambiguity is about as clear as mud
When a Government minister begins a sentence with the words "Let's be very clear …" - prepare to be confused.
Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty gave us a classic example of such linguistic fog yesterday when she tried to use verbal acrobatics to vault her way out of trouble over the fact that a 70-year-old was deprived of her pension because she did not have a public service card.
"Let's be very clear. Nobody is required by law to have a card. So therefore it isn't compulsory," she said.