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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

"Not helpful": my favourite diplomatic phrase makes a comeback

Remember my post on the Indonesian cartoon depicting the Australian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister as "copulating dingoes"? And the Australian cartoonist who, in true hip-hop "beef"-style, came up with a response? A nice moment in the whole spat was when Indonesia described the Australian drawing as "not helpful". What a wonderful phrase (and thanks to Matt in the comments for pointing that out). Now this beautiful bit of diplomatic-speak rears its tactful head again, with regard to Iran:

The speech - carried live on state TV - was punctuated by chants of "Death to America", "Death to Israel", and "Death to counter-revolutionaries". [...] A Foreign Office spokesman said the speech was "not particularly helpful".
That'll teach them.

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  • At April 22, 2006 11:25 am, Blogger Matt said…

    Another application of the phrase today...

  • At April 22, 2006 5:00 pm, Blogger Jim said…

    Hahaha ... yeah, I saw that, but didn't pick up the "unhelpful". Yet somehow the precis of the new Rough Guide seems to coincide with my view of Britain. How can this be?


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