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Last Updated: Tuesday December 13 2005 17:50 GMT

Politician wins gibberish award

Welsh First Minister Rhodri Morgan
The leader of the Welsh Assembly has won a perhaps unwanted award for saying the most nonsense statement this year.

Rhodri Morgan was given the Foot In Mouth prize by the Plain English Campaign for something he said in a debate about policing.

Morgan said: "The only thing which isn't up for grabs is no change and I think it's fair to say it's all to play for, except for no change."

He is now the first person to win the award twice, first triumphing in 1998.

That was for an answer to a question on the BBC programme Newsnight when he answered "Does a one-legged duck swim in circles?" to a question about becoming the Labour leader of the assembly.

The Plain English campaign has been going since 1979 to fight against over-complicated language uses of English.

US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and actors Richard Gere and Alicia Silverstone have won the Foot in Mouth award in the past.



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