” … Generic party line phrases distort meaning.
An unpopular imposition becomes a ‘settlement’.
The Conservatives oversaw a protracted real wages fall, cut income support, yet sought to position themselves as the ‘party of working people’
Circumventing an informal convention to protect low-income workers creates ‘constitutional issues’
A minimum wage increase still below the Voluntary Living Wage becomes a ‘National Living Wage’.
The last government’s headline slogans of ‘Big Society’ and ‘Green Government’ quietly disappeared. Related policies steadily faded. Environmental NGOs criticised the disconnect between stated green intentions and actions.
Reneging on election-campaign promises protecting tax credits, and subsequently U-turning, [is] either inconsistent or deliberately deceptive.
This attitude pervades government rhetoric, even unbelievably calling the opposition leader a ‘threat to national security’.
When ministers replace reflective, honest arguments with disingenuous soundbites it masks real motivations and undermines democratic debate. This makes it difficult for many to trust and engage with political discourse, and it needs to change. …”