There’s a lovely new site doing the rounds called Glum Councillors it’s dedicated to collecting:
“images of councillors looking glum whilst pointing at holes in the road, wearing hard hats or presenting oversized cheques.”
Sites like this and Lolitics are parodying the politicians (and wanabees) — but the poses and the tone are those of the local newspaper. It’s the language that the politicians want to use.
And it’s now not just politicians, “local paper poses” seem to be universal. One of the early big hits on the web was the Framley Examiner, which took it’s cue from very local newspapers and got them spot on — but reading it now, not much seems to have changed.
What are the new local paper clichés?