Cliche of the Week 41 – A Raft of Measures

April 18, 2011 at 10:20 am 1 comment

Many changes are expected as a raft of measures is introduced to address the big problems of life.

 Governments and their instruments are fond of announcing or foreshadowing a raft of measures, a phrase floating through news reports up to 100 times a week.

“A raft of measures will be announced this morning, and is expected to include the public defence service taking control of a large number of criminal cases.” (Radio New Zealand, April 13)

“The Coalition may have acted swiftly last year to announce a raft of measures to beat the deficit in its Emergency Budget, but it is only now that the measures are beginning to bite.” (Britain’s The Sunday Telegraph, April 10)

“The last thing the UK needs right now is a raft of measures that make it even harder for banks to support economic recovery and job creation.” (The Times, April 8  )

“Dedicated busking zones and an etiquette guide for street performers are among a raft of measures being considered to tackle noise problems in the city centre.” (Edinburgh Evening News, April 6)

“EU leaders announced a raft of measures last weekend, including increasing the effective size of the region’s temporary bailout facility to E440 billion.” (The Wall Street Journal, March 19)

Cliche of the Week appears in The Australian newspaper Mondays.

(Chris Pash’s book, The Last Whale, a true story set in the 1970s, was published by Fremantle Press)


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Lisa Hill  |  June 23, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Ugh, this one is my pet hate!


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