Extract from CCHQ Communications Manual — Glossary
> ‘The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow’ (the ‘Annie’)
To make a wildly ambitious, unachievable promise as a means of deflecting from current catastrophic policy failures, e.g. Hancock & Johnson, 20 May: ‘Our world-beating Test and Trace system will be in place by 1 June’.
> Doublespeak (hat tip Orwell)
To assert a policy aim that directly contradicts policy, but in a manner that suggests the former is the logical outcome of the latter (see also: Gaslighting), e.g. Priti Patel, 18 May 2020: ‘We’re ending free movement to open Britain up to the world’.
To announce a policy U-turn immediately after accusing the Opposition of doing a U-turn, thereby cunningly disguising your own U-turn, e.g. Boris Johnson, PMQs 3 June 2020, re proxy voting for so-called ‘shielding’ MPs unable to vote in person.
*This Glossary will be updated regularly as new & improved strategies for dissembling are identified*