Abuse of Language in Election Campaign

What and how words are used determine how we see the world. Immigration has been a hot topic during the election campaign, and is being portrayed in a way that may distort our view.

Vice Chair of English PEN Lisa Appignanesi and Vice President of International PEN Moris Farhi are interviewed in the Guardian on this issue on April 21st.

The rhetoric used by both Labour and the Conservatives slips over from the language of perversion and the management of epidemics, says Appignanesi. Farhi compares the language on immigration with the language on war: ‘strengthening borders’, ‘chaos’, ‘national security’. It is almost as if we are at war, or about to be invaded by a formidable fifth column.

 

To read the whole article in The Guardian Unlimited, please click here.

Originally posted with the url: www.englishpen.org/news/_1212

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