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Mea Culpa: A moment in history worth waiting for

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In an article about how the attitudes of Conservative Party members had hardened on the question of Europe since David Cameron won the 2015 election, we said: “At that moment in time”, two-thirds of members said they had not decided how they would vote in the referendum. This is verbiage, a needlessly long way of saying, “At that time…”

I checked to see how often we were guilty of this padding, and discovered that the phrase is a favourite of Phil Neville, coach of the England women’s football team. In our report of a virus hitting the team before the Norway game, he used it twice, saying of Millie Bright, “She’s in her room, recovering at this moment in time,” and then, “She is more than likely going to be fit but, at this moment in time, she is a doubt.” (She played in the end,........

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