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Wordsearch – 25.06.07

It may seem an obvious point to make, but one major prerequisite of a cabinet minister – one would think – is to have the ability to speak. In fact, speech, Astragal would go so far to say, is probably the only requirement a member of the cabinet really needs. Which brings Astragal to the subject of Tessa Jowell. Think what you may of the Culture Secretary, she has obviously managed to impress upon her peers that she is the right woman for the job, but the ability to speak is often a step too far. A recent example was at the announcement of the Prime Minister’s Better Public Buildings shortlist. Tessa stood up in front of the gathered crowd and told them that a flood defence system had used a million tyres as a filing material. Filing material? That’s paper isn’t it? She then carried on telling the audience that one of the shortlisted buildings had one of the smallest carbon footprints in the word. What? What word? One could only cringe. Politicians – they doesn’t know proper English if it came up and slaps them.

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