Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (snap election special edition)

Written by Civil Service World on 19 May 2017 in Feature
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Civil Service World's regular guide to the very best in Whitehallese

Coalition of Chaos

People who are not us

 

Strong and stable leadership

We promise we mean it this time and won’t end up editing a newspaper in 2019

 

The leader needs more airtime

Our leader is a liability but I’ve no option but to pretend the opposite

 

6 of my 7 interviews that morning went well

I promise to get nearly 86% of my decisions in government right  

 

The only poll that matters is June 8th

Banish these negative results from your mind and pray for a miracle. And/or: Do not allow these exceptionally good results to elevate you to a level of conceit that will repel voters

 

We’ve been setting the agenda

We’ve had our policies and activists pinched and we’ve lost all our seats

 

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More in the series:
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. I)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 2)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 3)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 4)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 5)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 6)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 7)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 8)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 9)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 10)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 11)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 12)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 13)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 14)​
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 15)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 16)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 17)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 18)

Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 19)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 20)​
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 21)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Sir Martin Donnelly special edition)
 

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