In his celebrated text, Politics and the English Language George Orwell produced what is to me, one of the most powerful quotes in the English language. We all know that politicians prevaricate and equivocate and speak in clouds of verbose circles, but we’ve never had someone capture so succinctly what it they do. But Orwell has managed it.

Political language — and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists — is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

– George Orwell, Politics and the English Language (1946)