A push to pass a law promoting the use of simple language in New Zealand’s government documents is proving complicated. For one thing, no one can quite agree on what plain English actually means.
Nearly 70 citizens and groups have made written comments. Officials put together a 53-page report, and a legislative committee needed 19 pages to explain and present an amended version of the bill. Lawmakers have quoted “Chronicles of Narnia” author C.S. Lewis, American linguist Julia Penelope and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on the importance of being clear and concise.