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‘Palin-speak’ catches on in Europe
Politicians are always looking for new ways of dealing with the press and public. These days, for example, it is quite common for them to say they “misspoke” about something – a neat way of admitting to a mistake without actually doing so. This was made popular by the Richard Nixon’s old press secretary Ron Ziegler who would famously say something one day then announce “I misspoke myself” the next day. Such statements, Time magazine reported in 1973, were “not incorrect, not misinformed, not untrue – simply inoperative, like batteries gone dead”.Is it now possible that press-shy Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has come up with a new technique set to be emulated far and wide? During her debate with Democratic counterpart Joe Biden last week, she responded to one question by saying she was not going to answer it because she wanted to talk about something else.
Probably coincidental, but British finance minister Alistair Darling did much the same thing on Wednesday as he was part nationalising Britain’s bank. “I think I heard enough to be able to answer you, or put it another way, here is the answer I am going to give anyway, regardless of what your question might be!,” he said in response to one question.
Can it be long before we hear someone say “I am going to Palin that one” or “I’ll take a Palin on that”?