It is reported in London that table inox roulante metro William Hague, bad vibe feat lotto boyzz & mr eazi Britain's foreign secretary, has been shocked by the poor spelling and jargon-infested English he finds in notes from his diplomats.
What has happened to the language of diplomacy?
Labour ministers rarely sent letters of thanks after official visits, leaving younger civil servants at a loss when asked to draft such notes for their new, Conservative bosses.
It was a festival of what one ambassador I know calls "bullshit bingo with certain buzzwords coming up again and again.I was recently at a private meeting for diplomats and foreign policy types (I had better not say where).I wonder if blaming the juniors is entirely fair.Friends of mine inside the Foreign Office concur with this gloomy assessment of their youngest colleagues, whothough bright and often expensively educatedstruggle to write English with clarity, let alone flair.Conservative commentators, such as Charles Moore of the.My experience is that even rather grand figures in the world of foreign policy have been steeped in jargon and human resources gibberish for ages."Going forward" has infected the world of diplomacy just as thoroughly as the world of business, as has talk of "stakeholders".I am alarmed at the rise and rise of "piece as in "when it comes to the trans-Atlantic relationship, we need to focus on the energy piece, and not just the strategic piece." For that matter, "strategic" now seems to mean little more than "important".I have yet to recover, though, from a comment made about a recent international summit.Spectator, detect a broader slippage of good manners and education across the civil service.Get our daily newsletter, upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor's Picks.
I am told that "granular" is increasingly popular, and means the opposite of "big picture".