February 9 2008 ~ Three cheers for the Plain English Campaign
The Telegraph today tells us that such terms as "multi-agency", "revenue streams", "seedbed", "improvement lever", and "community engagement" are on the Plain English Campaign's hit list. They are telling local councils that local democracy depends on understandable communication - not jargon. How much more important then that jargon should be banned from the lips of powerful and highly-paid officials such as Helen Ghosh. As one emailer wrote recently a propos DEFRAspeak, "Dare I ask, does Defra have CSE?"