Justin at Chicken Yoghurt is bang on:
It’s difficult to think of another public-facing job where this kind of evasiveness and inarticulacy would be tolerated.... Picture Gordon Brown getting a job in a supermarket or in a bar.
‘Do you know when you’re getting more tuna in?’
‘This store is working towards fulfilling its demand for tuna in the very near future.’
‘Pint of lager, please.’
‘While we regret that supplies of lager are currently causing difficulties for the public, we have taken the right long term decisions to secure lager supply in the coming years.’
Also note how Brown continues to talk nonsense about Afghanistan while refusing to contemplate the idea of seeing sense on that benighted country's poppy crop.