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Dodgy developments

Oxford City Council are under fire for trying to sneak through a hugely revamped land-development project under a conveniently confusing cloud of gobbledygook.

The residents of Wolvercote are understandably far from happy about the information available to them on a matter that could massively change their local environment and quality of life.

Read more: Dodgy developments

Retire the jargon

The financial sector has taken a bit of a hit recently, with the fallout from the banking crisis and mis-sold PPIs severely damaging its reputation.

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), brought in to keep an eye on the use of jargon, over-complexity and misdirection in the industry, has overseen something of an improvement, and positive changes have been made.

Read more: Retire the jargon

Leaving ballot to be desired

A record number of spoiled ballot papers in an Irish referendum have prompted calls for revamped versions and referendum questions written in plain English.

Read more: Leaving ballot to be desired

Unhealthy habits

We at the Campaign have spent plenty of time attacking the use of jargon in various industries. We have criticised those relying on waffle in banks, universities, supermarkets, and all manner of other industries.

However, when it comes to the NHS, the issue is a bit more serious than collaring deceitful salesmanship or ambiguous terms and conditions. We’re dealing with information that could seriously and directly damage someone’s health.

Read more: Unhealthy habits

Fry's English Delight

The Campaign appeared on Stephen Fry's show, 'Fry's English Delight', episode entitled: 'Plain English'. To hear Chrissie and Tony on the show, follow this link to 'Fry's English Delight'.

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