Today’s example has prompted me to institute the Oratory Award, which will be bestowed upon the perpetrator, normally a person of standing, of a most eye-catching sentence reported by the British media. Uniquely in the history of awards worldwide, the qualifying period will be decided by me entirely arbitrarily – and so will the winner. Regrettably, my budget does not stretch to an awards ceremony.
Perusing this week’s Sunday Times, I nearly choked on my Coco-Pops when I came across this gem.
“Kwasi Kwarteng, the Tory MP for Spelthorne in Surrey, said: ‘This is a form of prejudice because there’s no reason why they withheld the ability to open a new account from [Stratford]’.” (Stratford, by the way, is the name of a lady of Iranian descent whose application to open a new account was rejected by Santander.)
How exactly does one withhold an ability to do something from somebody else? According to Wikipedia, the orator had attended Eton College and Cambridge and Harvard Universities. I imagine the sub-editor’s credentials are no less impressive.
How about these?
This is a form of prejudice because there’s no reason why they should have prevented her from opening a new account.
This is a form of prejudice because there were no grounds for preventing her from opening a new account.