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12th July 2016
Prompted by the current debate over the Labour leadership rules, here are two rules about clarity.
First rule of clarity
To say “[x] is clear, it means [y]” means that [x] is not clear.
If [x] were clear, it would speak for itself without any gloss or explanation.
Second rule of clarity
If a thing is clear, it does not need any accompanying word.
For example, if a thing is clear then the accompanying words in each of the following would be redundant: “completely clear”, “absolutely clear”, “totally clear”, “crystal clear”.
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