Friday, February 25, 2005

Independent vs. Privatized
I noticed something interesting regarding language use on the Today program. On Monday morning they were interviewing the Health Secretary John Reid did an interesting language fiddle – whenever he needed to refer to the private contactors in a report about cockups in a privatized scanner program, he used the word independent. Privatized is a word with negative stigma attached due to botched jobs and greedy corporate robbery. Rather than change the G8 mandated policy, its far easier to use words like independent, reform and modernize. Neo-Labour have taken this one straight from the neo-cons playbook.

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