Officialese

Demoex tries to make it easy to take part in politics, so we fight against the subtle mechanisms to keep people away.

One is an excessively formal language difficult to understand. First summons consisted of a lot of issues written in officialese. Untrained we did not even understand what some issues was about. “Municipal debits levy for the 2003 season.” Do they mean tax increase?

Officialese is often used to conceal or deceive readers. An inconvenient increase or decrease is called an “adjustment amount”. Statistic is misused, arguments are distorted, references to Authorities are used to legitimize decisions and important information is being withheld. This is crucial and calls for a language reform. Democracy presupposes that we understand the political language.

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