Writing Topics: politics

Predictors of beaconicity

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Heaven only knows what this means. It’s one of the phrases on the Local Government Association’s list of banned words from 2009. Which presumably means that a council, somewhere, has used it. The 2010 list doesn’t, at first glance, contain anything quite as obscurely fatuous, but does contain some corkers. ‘Webinar’ and ‘wellderly’ are now […]

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Mandelson’s mangled metaphors

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One of the few sources of levity in Labour’s General Election campaign has been the mangled metaphors of Peter Mandelson. On Monday (26th April) he told party members that Gordon Brown was “a workhorse at the helm” – an alarming equine captain for the ship of state. Earlier, Mandelson praised Brown’s “granite-like resilience”, although granite […]

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How not to quote someone in an article

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[This entry originally appeared on Clare Lynch’s blog, goodcopybadcopy] News and feature articles are an established staple of the comms professional’s repertoire. But you can always spot when they’ve been put together by an inexperienced writer. The biggest give away? Look at the way they handle quotes.

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