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Wednesday, December 12, 2007 

Scum-watch: We've won an award!

Believe it or not, the Scum yesterday won the best national newspaper at the Plain English Campaign awards.

“It was time to honour its hard-hitting, frank and plain-speaking journalism.

“It can be difficult to deliver political news without resorting to jargon but The Sun’s writers and subeditors are skilled at copy which informs rather than condescends.”

There's plain English, and then there's referring to every "sex offender" as a pervert, everyone who's ever served a prison sentence as a "villain" or a "crook", and every child that so much as speaks out of turn as a "yob". Accordingly, in the Sun's parlance, Colin Stagg is an "oddball", babies are "tots" and British soldiers are "Our Boys". Anyone who thinks the way it's written isn't out of date, patronising and in some cases offensive hasn't read a whole copy.

To take a lesson from the Plain English Campaign, the Sun's award is fucking bollocks.

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