Friday, June 19, 2009
The Special Parliamentary Committee to Make MPs Look as Stupid and Venal as Possible (TSPCTMMLASAVAP) has pulled off its greatest coup. Issuing 'redacted' - I'll come back to that word - expenses claims that have already appeared unredacted is a stroke of genius. Just when you thought the reputation of parliament could sink no lower, TSPCTMMLASAVAP comes up with this, a gesture whose only possible function can be to make everybody involved look like a complete jerk. Meanwhile, TSPCTMMLASAVAP's other project - to impose the grim visage of caravan-owning Margaret Beckett on the nation as Speaker - is going surprisingly well. At this rate they'll increase voter disgust to the point where turnout at the next election will be zero.
And redacted? Why should we accept this grotesque euphemism? It means prepared for publication, not at all the same thing as blacked out. These documents have been censored, a word that captures the full resonance of what is happening here.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 5:26 am