More lingusitic deceit

Yet another little example of professional deceit – this time from the Home Office.

A Japanese academic is being forced to leave this country because she has not spent enough days here over the last four years (the dispute is more complex than this but I just wanted to use it to illustrate how civil servants evade).

Asked about her case, the response was: “All applications are considered in line with the immigration rules.”

Woeful evasion here. 1. The response to a specific issue by making a general comment. 2. Use of the passive – so escapes the need to say who does the consideration at the Home Office. 3. Note the use of the phrase ‘in line with.’ What does this mean? It means almost nothing or anything


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