Thursday, December 16, 2004

What the devil went wrong?

Yesterday's Times carried this article concerning binge drinking. Bizarrely, the print version of this contained a large pull-quote about half-way down the story which read
"Teenage drinking is out of control - ministers have been all talk"
Now, your keen and agile mind will recognise the "all talk" bit as a major Conservative talking point. Michael Howard barely lets a day go by without using the phrase "all talk and no delivery" at least once. So how did it get there when it doesn't appear anywhere in the text? None of the people quoted in story actually say it. The quote in itself was not attributed to anybody else. And it sounds exactly like something a Conservative spokesman would have come up with.

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