Language Matters
Total 8 Posts

Why the ‘oath of allegiance’ to King Charles III fails the test for being an oath

5 min read
A language expert explains why the ‘oath of allegiance’ to King Charles III is meaningless on several counts.

‘Dear Rishi’ – The code words of British politics

3 min read
Britain’s political landscape is full of coded language, where words and phrases mean something entirely different to the public than to those in power. They carefully craft their language with purpose, speaking in a way that will be understood, not necessarily heard.

How those who want to divide us use language to stoke violence

6 min read
Language can provoke violence between groups, especially when people paint others as threats.

Suella Braverman’s colour-coded stance... all red, white and blue

4 min read
Suella Braverman’s contentious declaration that southern England is facing an “invasion” of illegal immigrants, one of the oldest othering tropes in the book, was rightly met with a barrage of criticism this week. Rashmee Roshan Lall explains why.

Misjudgement now could cost the Conservatives dear at the next general election

5 min read
Rishi Sunak is more authentic and emotional, and Liz Truss more analytical, according to computerised text analysis of a recent hustings.

What Boris Johnson said in his bitter resignation speech and what he really meant.

5 min read
Boris Johnson breaks from his party in a bitter resignation speech in which there is no sense of taking responsibility and no sense of apology.

‘Them’s the breaks’: Boris adopts an American accent.

2 min read
To defy his moment of humiliation, Eton-educated Boris Johnson used a surprising American slang in his resignation speech.
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