Politics, the Whore of English Language

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The British media has outdone itself in its ongoing prostitution of the English language as the word “independent” rarely rings as hollow… unless, of course, the British government is involved.

The British government has commissioned “an independent assessment of paramilitary organisations in Northern Ireland”, reports the BBC.

The British government has announced “the creation of an independent ceasefire monitoring system”, reports the Guardian.

Absentee landlady, Theresa Villiers, says that it will be a “factual assessment” too.

The government has commissioned a factual assessment from UK security agencies and the PSNI [Police Service of Northern Ireland].

That would be the same security agencies and cops who run paramilitary gangs and counter-gangs in the north of Ireland to this day. They have blood on their hands, and the police continue to cover up their crimes. They are up to their neck in it.

And that is only this century.

The British minister then says that 3 people she chooses will review the assessment by British spooks and British cops.

That must be where she injects a heady dose of independence into the process.

At least the Unionist parties will be given breathing space to save what little face they have. They will then be told what the British government wants them to hear. Independent they are not, and sure they know that too.

But they are more interested in playground politicking and communal self-deception. All the while the clock is ticking whilst they hope it will strike 13.

It won’t.

I think I need to re-visit George Orwell’s Politics and the English Language as a tonic, because sometimes their foreign words stick in the craw.

No matter what linguistic or political flag you fly,  maybe you should too.

George Orwell on Political Language

Irish writer, Ciarán MacAirt, is author of The McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Collusion, Cover-Up and a Campaign for Truth. His book is available now for download from Amazon’s Kindle Store

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