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Great political discourse of our time...

From the "stating-the-bleeding-obvious" department.

"My words are my words and I have uttered them."

Clare Short interviewed on Today, 8.20 am 11/04/2003

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codepope
Apr. 11th, 2003 12:38 am (UTC)
Um, she was responding to questioning along the lines of "are you going to stand by statement that you were going to resign"...

sbisson
Apr. 11th, 2003 12:49 am (UTC)
Yes, and it was a terrible evasion. Still funny, tho'
codepope
Apr. 11th, 2003 12:57 am (UTC)
And that was what the third time the question had been reformulated by the questioner and presented back to her. That kind of statement is run of the mill for the Today programme.

yonmei
Apr. 11th, 2003 12:58 am (UTC)
It's very Pontius Pilate. They should have offered her a bowl of water.
del_c
Apr. 11th, 2003 01:13 am (UTC)
Yes, I heard that. It's a standard politician phrase meaning: "I have no intention of saying again now what I said once before, God knows it was embarrassing enough the first time.

"And I'm not going to say what the words that I said before were, so later I can say I was referring to some other words I said. After all, I have a lifetime of words to choose from."

It's amusing at first, but after a while you just file it away as Standard Politician Phrase #97. Everyone knows how the game is played.
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