Dring’s efforts at spin would be welcomed in Whitehall

I had to chuckle at Alan Dring’s article headlined ‘Muddled thinking on HIPs must end’ (Mortgage Strategy June 4). Talk about spin. Is he auditioning for a place in Gordon Brown’s government?

The line that prompted my laughter was, “The government has not postponed the launch of HIPs, it has delayed it until August 1”.

A quick look at the Oxford English Dictionary shows delay is defined as ‘to postpone, defer, make late’, while the definition for postpone is ’cause to take place at a later time’.

Is there any difference? No, apart from the fact that it now only applies to four-bedroom houses.

J Hall
Barrat Gray