Mind your language
A series of examples today of how politicians need to mind their language if they're not to come a cropper.
• John Reid
The home secretary leapt on the case of Craig Sweeney (who got a minimum five years for a sexual attack on a child) as an example of a judges being too lenient. Today the attorney general will announce that he is not referring the sentence to the Court of Appeal. He will point out that he would only have been able to do so if he believed that it fell significantly below what any judge could reasonably have passed. It didn't. Will John Reid pause before criticising other judgements?
• Downing Street
Number 10 dismissed reports at the end of last week that more troops would be sent to Afghanistan. No request had been made, none received we were told. Yet today the defence secretary will make an announcement of extra troops being sent. A request was clearly in the pipeline. We were told the truth - but were they a tad economical with it?
• David Cameron
The Tory leader's speech on crime has already been successfully reduced by Labour spin doctors to a single phrase - "hug a hoodie". How long before they turn back on the Tories the claim they made repeatedly against Labour - that they're "all spin and no substance"?
Those who remember the old Pepsi slogan - lipsmacking, thirstquenching... etc - might like to try to come up with one for Dave. Hoodie hugging, chocolate orange shunning, padded bra condemning... Come on, you can do better than that. Entries below please.