Friday, March 6, 2009

In Terms Of Kevin Rudd

I would like briefly to bring some balance to the Rudd-lovin' that goes on here (lead admirably by Comrade Insertnamehere).

If a Martian came to Earth and read only this blog, they would assume our Prime-Minister was some sort of highly admired uberlord of the world. They would then assume that given his intelligence, charm and genius, that his syntax was exemplary. As such, they'd be saying 'in terms of' a lot.

Here's some Rudd quotes, each followed by my humble suggestion as to how he should have structured his sentence.

1. (Rudd and Swan will work with the Obama admin)... "not just on financial market regulations but also in terms of stimulus to the real economy".

My suggestion: "not just on financial markets but also on economic stiumulus."

2. Rudd angry about Pacific Brands: "In terms of the money they have got from the government, we will go through all of that in terms of what can be extracted back from them."

My suggestion: "We shall consider a return of Government money"

3. To Kerry on the 7.30 report: " responses to many of these questions in parliaments in recent weeks have been framed in terms of one, global oil supply, what can be done to boost investment in those countries which are the principal oil exporters? There's a problem there. Two, on the demand side. Global initiatives on energy efficiencies and the huge great push countries of China and India? Three, what do you do in terms of energy efficiency in economies like our own? That goes to the whole regime of fuel efficient cars, in particular. Four, what do you do in terms of an alternative fuel strategy? And five, what do you do in terms of public transport, in order to make it accessible, particularly in our metro areas?"

My suggestion: That Kevin reads some quality literature (Shakespeare perhaps) to remind himself that our language enables us to express things concisely and beautifully at the same time, without burying one's meaning in corporatespeak.

And to stop licking his lips and eating his own earwax.


Ramon Insertnamehere said...

I never said he was a great orator.

In fact, he's a pretty crap orator.

Christian Kerr said...

I am jack of the way Kruddy keeps on saying "there comes a time in the history of nations" etc.

Here's a quote he may care to ponder:

"There comes a time in the history of men..."

Vice President Richard Nixon
Municipal-Baldwin Airport
Quincy Illinois
October 28 1960

Anonymous said...

I have a theory that some politicians (of which K-Rudd is one) pad their speeches with lots of junk filler like 'in terms of' because it is a quick and dirty way to give the general populace time to keep up with what they are saying, and absorb the key points, whereas if they were too concise much of what they wanted to convey might be missed.

Cath said...

Of course we add this line to his other classic space filler which is "Working Families".... for the love of God someone hand the man a Thesaurus!

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

I think "Working Families" has been put on the back seat since the election, Cath.

Christian Kerr said...

Gordon Brown has started using "hard-working families".

wari lasi said...

Take a look folks.

That's a Friday afternoon post of note.

Thanks PQ

I know, I know. I'm a sycophantic tosser.

wari lasi said...

He really does need help. About the Pacific Brands debacle:

“I think what Pacific Brands has done is, frankly, in so many respects, beyond the pale,’’ Mr Rudd said. “In terms of the money they have got from the government, we will go through all of that in terms of what can be extracted back from them.’’…

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Pfft, Wari.

Did Perseus bring up Jane Austin and zombies.

wari lasi said...

Don't forget poems about the personification of death Ramon.

You're just cross 'cause we're taking the piss out of your hero.

Sooo transparent.

Mr E Discharge said...

"Wari and Perseus sitting in a tree,

patchouligirl said...

Simon Crean used to irritate me by repeating the phrase: "THIS is a Government that" (insert whatever his complaint was on the day) in a whiney tone.

Lewd Bob said...

You know what? He shits on Howard.

patchouligirl said...

I just read Melbourne has had an earth tremor. What next for Melbourne? A plague of locusts? A flood? Pastor Danny Nalliah will be straight onto this.

Lewd Bob said...

And the stone fruit was really poor this year too.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

As cataclysmic events go, it was pretty pissweak.

patchouligirl said...

Its Queenslands turn today. Bananas might be back up to $10 a kilo next week.

patchouligirl said...

"shit storm" is pretty concise. Sorry for the double post.

Perseus said...

Well at least he didn't say "In terms of the shit storm..."

The Age carries the headline, 'Outrage at PM's Potty Mouth'.

'Outrage'? Really? Name me one person who was outraged. Just one. I dare you, cunts.

The only hint of outrage I see is from spineless Libs claiming it was a 'carefully scripted' moment... and if that's true, then that smacks of jealousy.

wari lasi said...

It's just "Good Ole Kev" bein' "one of the boys".

Outraged? By the word shit? Fuck off.

And could we spare a prayer for my little girl (not Emma, the big one) who had her appendix out yesterday. Please send flowers to C. Lasi at The Wesley Hospital.

patchouligirl said...

It only boosted Kev's popularity when he got busted leaving a strip club in the US as I remember.