It ain’t what you say, it’s the way that you say it

I’m old enough and cynical enough not to take politicians too seriously. As Barry Cryer observed recently: “Politicians are like nappies. They should be changed frequently. And for the same reason.”

But when there’s a general election in the offing, well I suppose it’s your civic duty to listen to what they have to say so you can decide which to disbelieve the least when you’re marking the spot with an X.

And I have been trying, but I have a real problem with Michael Howard. I start by listening to what he has to say but find my concentration drifting off as I listen to the way that he says it. The way people become “pee-pill” and Brussels is “Brus-sills.”

Where did these figures of speech come from? It doesn’t sound Welsh where he was brought up or Lithuanian or wherever it was his family came here from. It sounds more like a mis-programmed robot or an alien who didn’t pay close enough attention to the ‘How to Blend into Human Society’ classes.

And there you go. I didn’t pay a blind bit of notice to what he said, just the way that he said it. At least TB gives you lots of pauses so you can keep up.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

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