The US President has made his annual State of the Union Address. This is him boasting about reducing the Russian economy to tatters:
Second, we are demonstrating the power of American strength and diplomacy. We’re upholding the principle that bigger nations can’t bully the small – by opposing Russian aggression, supporting Ukraine’s democracy, and reassuring our NATO allies. Last year, as we were doing the hard work of imposing sanctions along with our allies, some suggested that Mr. Putin’s aggression was a masterful display of strategy and strength. Well, today, it is America that stands strong and united with our allies, while Russia is isolated, with its economy in tatters.
The election campaign is warming up. David Cameron is quoted as saying
Full employment may be an economic term, but this is what it means in human terms: it means more of our fellow men and women with the security of a regular wage; it means you, your family and your children having a job and getting on in life
We could pick on hundreds of such statements written for politicians by nameless speech-writers. This is a good example. Its single sentence contains many of the themes of the new political language, themes which are completely common between all the major political parties. We can note:
i). He is talking down to people. It is assumed that the “economic term” “full-employment” is too challenging for people. It needs to be explained to them in “human terms”. Remember, little children, that the election will be a “big choice” election. (A term used by both main political parties).
As the poet Geoffrey Hills points out this “accessible” language is in fact anti-democratic.
Western politicians and the western Media (no essential difference) are peddling the myth of “Russian aggression”.
Let’s consider the matter for a moment.
Crimea has historically been part of Russia. It was incorporated into the Russian Empire in the time of Catherine the Great, in the 18th century. In the 1950’s Khrushchev transferred it to the Soviet Republic of Ukraine. At this time no one could have imagined the subsequent