Major risk as aide rebukes boss over clichés

John Major was rebuked by his personal private secretary for using too many clichés and redundant phrases in his speeches, today's newly-released archives reveal.

John Major

Andrew Turnbull, now Lord Turnbull, criticised his boss for duplicating adjectives such as “complete and full”, “crudely and brutally” and “doubt and hesitant”, and for over-using “self evident”.

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“If something is self-evident it can simply be stated,” pointed our Mr Turnbull, who added that by pointing out such traits he was “at risk of having a cushion thrown at me”.

Mr Major, who had been in office for only two months, replied: “I don’t have a cushion to hand. You are right – I am too verbose sometimes, with unnecessary addition.”