Andrea Vance has a handy list of translations of what politicians say.
If some wag could make this into a bingo card we could have a great deal of fun come the election debates.
“I’m focused on the issues that really matter to New Zealanders.”
This has two possible interpretations: “These questions are getting a bit sticky, I’m going for the moral high-ground.” Or, if a political rival is in trouble: “There’s no way I’m going to get caught out criticising political donations.”
“This is a distraction from the real issues . . . ‚Äė’
More of the same. Except when it’s happening to an opponent. Then it’s holding them to account.
Labour and David Cunliffe are the worst offenders at this. Almost always they are focussing on beltway issues…which is the next on the list.
“This is a Beltway issue.”
I know everyone is talking about this, but I’m going to annoy journalists by suggesting they are out of touch with ordinary folk.
Most journalists, particularly gallery journalists are actually out of touch. They live in the rarified atmosphere of Parliament, they eat, drink, socialise and some even root the politicians.
“I’m relatively relaxed about this . . .”
Because my chief of staff is working like billy-o to find an official we can pin the blame on.