When I hear that anything is ‘committed’ to something I reach for my gun. It’s an almost certain signifier of insincerity. As a donor I receive bumph from the Brotherhood of St Laurence. The latest newsletter I got told me that “The Brotherhood is committed to ensuring that everyone in our community is given the opportunity to join the mainstream life of our society.”
What the hell does that mean? A government, with all its resources might have a ‘commitment’ like that, although it is more likely to be a pretty much flat out lie – because it will only be ‘committed’ to it up to some very low threshold of pain and what kind of commitment is that? But the Brotherhood? Why would it take on such a fanciful commitment. Why not make the commitment to the whole world. The Brotherhood is committed to the ending of world poverty.
This isn’t so much a blog post as a tweet that won’t fit into 140 characters. I have nothing more to add, except to say ‘bollocks’.