PERHAPS Michelle Grattan was a little tipsy yesterday – a couple too many celebratory Pimms No.1 Cups? – or it could be that her command of the language, such as it is, was eclipsed by tingling delight at another “devilishly clever” Gillard coup. Whatever the reason, the venerable Fairfax correspondent’s proclamation of her favourite government’s carbon swindle begins with this ardent observation:
Whether good or bad, this is a big reform.
A “bad reform", eh, Michelle?
Some years ago, former Fairfax chief Fred Hilmer sold his company’s art collection. It would seem his successors have flogged the dictionaries. Either that or Grattan stumbled across Orwell’s Politics and the English Language and misread its cautions as a guide to the practice of contemporary journalism:
Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.Wind? Nah, just more Fairfax flatulence.