Posted by: Closed Circuit31/08/2012
Eric Pickles has been a naughty boy if the Communities and Local Government department press office is to be believed.
Earlier this week, the office made an unintentional blunder when it accused the usually no-nonsense communities secretary of setting up illegal Traveller camps. Awkward.
Apparently his relentless illegal camping has created a national problem that has become so severe the department had to intervene and send guidance ‘to all council leaders advising how to act swiftly’.
‘Councils have been called to stop unauthorised Traveller sites being set up by communities secretary Eric Pickles’, the release read.
Despite the poorly punctuated announcement receiving a bit of attention on Twitter, civil servants didn’t seem in any rush to amend the statement, which was finally changed after a few hours.
Closed Circuit was pleased to note this week that estate agents are au fait with social media.
Residential property company Move with Us ‘revealed’ that Facebook is the number one social media platform used by agents looking to interact with potential customers, with more than 45 per cent having a page on the popular site.
Closed Circuit doesn’t want to rain on the survey’s parade, but ‘I’m using it to find a buyer’ is probably the worst excuse ever heard for being busted by your boss while browsing friends’ holiday photos.
Politicians are known for using jargon to soften the truth and they often get away with it.
But housing minister Grant Shapps was not so lucky on Twitter earlier this month. Pointing out that more than half of London’s rough sleepers are non-UK citizens, Mr Shapps said the government is working with foreign embassies to ‘reconnect them home’.
‘Do you mean deport them? If so, why not use the word? “Reconnect” sounds so warm, soft and caring,’ tweeted Rosie R.
Another user, Jackie Schneider, was even more direct. ‘I’d like to ‘reconnect’ Clegg and Cameron, vile use of language.’
The usually chatty Mr Shapps did not respond to this barrage of criticism, perhaps he lost his connection.
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