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26 July 2017 | by John Morrish

Brief encounters: what separates political ‘briefings’ from the many legitimate transactions of the same name is malice

THE LANGUAGE GAME

 

According to the Telegraph’s website recently, the Government has descended into “all-out war”. And the weapon of choice in that war is “briefing”.

“Briefing”, in this sense, is the practice of passing on titbits of confidential information to members of the press with the aim of damaging a Cabinet colleague.





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