Cliche of the Week 22 – High Level

October 24, 2010 at 10:48 pm Leave a comment

The Subjects applying to 'high-level'

With many thanks to Malcolm Colless who suggested this one saying: “Maybe it’s my imagination but  do our politicians, and  particularly cabinet ministers, no longer attend regular or ordinary meetings? Are these are now  exclusively high level or top level meetings? This certainly seems to be the case with Australia’s  globetrotting Foreign Affairs Minister and former PM,  Kevin Rudd. Is this political spin or journalistic exuberance?”

Cliche of the Week

When it comes to high-level talks on issues of multilateral importance, few summits of any kind are ordinary or low level.

Meetings reported in the mainstream media, around 800 of them each week, are mostly high level and sometimes top level.

Perhaps regular meetings are without news value?

About public toilets: “At a high-level meeting on Monday, chief minister Ashok Chavan issued directives to the public works department.” (The Times of India, October 19)

“Some industry observers said a relaxation of the restrictions is likely to follow the October 18 conclusion of a top-level meeting in Beijing in which top Chinese officials discuss priorities for the country’s next Five Year Plan, which will be unveiled in 2011.” (The Wall Street Journal, October 19)

“(Australian Foreign Minister Kevin) Rudd yesterday briefed a high-level meeting at the United Nations.” (The Sydney Morning Herald, September 20)

“According to a recent study, the high-level meeting (Bill Clinton’s Global Initiative on poverty) was the most popular summit for chief executives last year.” (Toronto Star, September 21)

Cliche of the Week appears in the Media section of The Australian newspaper Mondays.

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