Two phrases have become ubiquitous over the last couple of years when politicians have been interviewed on television. The following are my translations into their real meanings. Please feel free to add your own.
'We are working hard...'
'We have dropped the ball horrendously, so don't expect us to get things sorted in the foreseeable future'.
'The fact of the matter is...'
'The next words that come out of my mouth are going to be, at best, a twisting of the facts and more likely, a complete fabrication'.