Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: A Portrait of Paul Keating PM, Second Edition by Don Watson

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November 2011, no. 336

Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: A Portrait of Paul Keating PM, Second Edition by Don Watson

Vintage, $29.95 pb, 801 pp

Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: A Portrait of Paul Keating PM, Second Edition by Don Watson

by
November 2011, no. 336

Don Watson sits low in his chair, shy and silent when faced with a group of university administrators gathered to hear him talk about management speak – those weasel words that Watson has hunted down with grim enthusiasm. He speaks hesitantly at first, struggling to recall examples of misleading expression, evasive phrases, dishonest communication. Soon the rhythm quickens. There is indignation now in the voice, derision anew at the decay of public language. The speaker rocks forward, ranging more widely as he explains the link between thought and expression. Jargon hides intentions. Clichés abandon serious engagement with an issue. This is not the pedant’s obsession with grammar, but anger when the contest of ideas is undermined by impenetrable language.

Glyn Davis reviews 'Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: A Portrait of Paul Keating PM, Second Edition' by Don Watson

Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: A Portrait of Paul Keating PM, Second Edition

by Don Watson

Vintage, $29.95 pb, 801 pp

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