Progress made in mission to be plain
Tuesday 07 December 1993
The clerical peer, Rector of the Wiltshire parish of Christian Malford with Sutton Benger and Tytherton Kellaways, was praising the traditional English Bible. 'These plainly written modern versions, they make Christianity so commonplace,' he said. But, around him, sinners had seen the light.
The deputy chairman of the Inland Revenue confessed its forms had once been 'horrendously complex', as he collected a prize for its clear, humorous and informative leaflet on how to claim back tax. Other winners included the Employment Service, Sheffield City Council and the Metropolitan Police.
The Plain English Campaign's booby prize winner was this definition of a bed by the NHS Directorate:
A device or arrangement that may be used to permit a patient to lie down when the need to do so is a consequence of the patient's condition rather than a need for active intervention such as examination, diagnostic investigation, manipulative treatment, obstetric delivery or transport. Beds, couches, or trolleys are also counted as hospital beds where: (a) used regularly to permit a patient to lie down rather than for merely examination or transport (eg in a day surgery ward); (b) used whilst attending for a specific short procedure taking an hour or less such as endoscopy, provided that such devices are used only because of the active intervention and not because of the patient's condition; (c) used regularly as a means of support for patients needing a lengthy procedure such as renal dialysis (includes special chairs etc); (d) used regularly to allow patients to lie down after sedation. NB: a device specifically and solely for the purpose of delivery should not be counted as a bed.
The campaign certainly seems to be bearing fruit: at the first awards ceremony in 1980 there were 100 booby prizes awarded; this year there were seven.
- 1 Autistic teenager beaten up by bullies makes them watch 20-minute video about autism
- 2 Greece debt crisis explained: A history of just how the country landed itself in such a mess
- 3 People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
- 4 Greek debt crisis: Yanis Varoufakis's funniest (and most memorable) quotes
- 5 Swedish minister gives strongest case yet on why EU should stop turning away asylum seekers
Hilary Swank: Million Dollar Baby star says she turns down roles to care for elderly father
Autistic teenager beaten up by bullies makes them watch 20-minute video about autism
Donald Trump to Jeb Bush: Your wife likes ‘Mexican illegals’
Isis flag: What do the words mean and what are its origins?
The Greece debt crisis explained in less than 100 words
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
Sickness and disability benefits could be reduced by £30 a week as part of £12bn welfare cuts
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