Cliche of the Week 70 – Political Assassination

November 7, 2011 at 9:47 am Leave a comment

(Many thanks to John Croll who suggested this week’s cliche)

Australia leads the world when it comes to assassinations, according to news reports.

Last month more than 160 political assassinations appeared globally. Australia lead with 44, closely followed by Ireland.

Two years ago, the phrase surfaced four times a month in mainstream reporting. Most of the recent stories were about the resignation of Commonwealth Ombudsman Allan Asher. No shootings, bombings or other forms of elimination.

In Ireland, political assassination was linked with poet Michael D. Higgins becoming the next president. Again, no real blood spilled.

There are genuine political killings. “(Wouter) Basson denied responsibility for political assassinations carried out by agents using his toxins and said he was only following orders from senior (South African) government members.” (Reuters News, September 28)

“High-profile political assassinations over the summer have fed perceptions . . . the West is losing the war in Afghanistan.” (Agence France-Presse, October 17)

Back to Australia: “Ombudsman Allan Asher has bowed to pressure and quit . . . after admitting he secretly drafted questions for the Greens (who) are accusing the federal government of a political assassination.” (ABC News, October 20)

Cliche of the Week appears in The Australian newspaper Mondays.

Cliches in the media are tracked across the world using Factiva and Dow Jones Insight.

Chris Pash’s book, The Last Whale, a true story set in the 1970s, was published by Fremantle Press in 2008.

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