Friday, 24 April 2015

in which an elemental squill overload moves from sanguine to phlegmatic

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I've been one of the many with that cough and sneezy bug that seems to be running around at the moment.

As well as taking some medicine, a side effect has been listening to more talk radio than usual. It's filled with politics and I decided to jot down a few of the confusing phrases that are being used.
  • austerity - a type of fiscal policy which politicians apply to the less well-off
  • avoidance - applies to taxation of the rich, taxation of some politicians and also to answering questions
  • balancing the books - an accounting practice that does not apply to political promises
  • blukip - a type of ill-advised compromise creating a coalition of chaos
  • bribe - offering something and expecting a specific outcome - such as cash for votes.
  • coalition - a mix of politicians that nullifies prior promises
  • coalition of chaos - applied to any cluster of politicians from different parties pretending to get along (see also blukip)
  • damn lies - telling people something that is untrue whilst deliberately hiding the facts
  • explanation - supposed to clarify, but used with good effect by politicians to muddy the water
  • insurance - scurrilous stories stacked to be played over the last two weeks before the election
  • I promise you - a phrase used by desperate politicians
  • lies - telling people something that is patently untrue, perhaps when they have a way to know
  • media clarity - randomly connected soundbites of equal duration per party, replayed with limited analysis.
  • negativity - instead of focusing on the issues, focus upon the opponents' point of view and disagree with it
  • personal attacks - frowned upon in civilised society but used extensively by politicians
  • ponzi economics - pretend to find new money behind the sofa, when it's all new borrowings
  • quantitive easing - government condoned printing of vast quantities of money which helps bankers and well-heeled hedge funds
  • relentless negativity - as negativity, but focus on the opponents' personality and criticise it
  • sham - pretending something is true when it patently isn't - as in the next government having a majority
  • shut out the scots - a policy from the Conservatives attempting to stop a Labour coalition
  • statistics - see lies and damn lies
  • tax breaks - used by the well off to legally avoid paying their full proportionate share to support the economy
  • trickle-down effect - supposed to add money to the less well off by giving it to the very well off (see also lies)
  • truth - factual accuracy which is generally avoided in the latter stages of a campaign
  • uk deficit - a huge form of debt created by UK politicians
Yes, I know, I should keep taking the tablets.

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