Plain English campaign news articles
- Created on Thursday, 02 October 2014 12:01
Apple have just launched their ‘Apple Watch’ to much worldwide interest, and it’s a typically sleek product from a great, innovative company. Though Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design, Jony Ive, has been a little too creative when describing their new device.
More government gobbledygook
- Created on Thursday, 02 October 2014 11:49
There have recently been plenty of calls for government and council documents to be rewritten in plain English – and talks over the Scottish Government’s Community Empowerment Bill have led to yet another.
The discussions have been spoiled for anyone other than those at the very top – it’s hard to imagine anyone else having a clue what ‘top-down capacity building’, ‘community anchor organisations’ or ‘third sector interfaces’ are.
- Created on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 09:58
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.
Retire the jargon
- Created on Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:05
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.
Leaving ballot to be desired
- Created on Thursday, 04 September 2014 09:55
A record number of spoiled ballot papers in an Irish referendum have prompted calls for revamped versions and referendum questions written in plain English.