I’m sure most of us have already worked this out, but let me decode the phrase “aspirational goal” for you. It means “goal that we’d like to reach, but we’re not going to actually make any effort to reach, and there certainly won’t be any penalties or anything if we never come close.” In other words, it’d be terrific if it happened by itself. Yeah right.
Examples from our illustrious leaders:
- [Prime Minister John Howard] said the Government would next year — the timing recommended by the group — set a long-term “aspirational goal” for emissions reduction.
- [Bush’s proposal for international] meetings would not be to set caps on emissions, but to establish what the White House — uncorking a bold new euphemism — calls “aspirational goals.”
- [Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky] played down the Government’s aim of doubling all trips taken by public transport by 2020, describing it as always aspirational.
What a load of bollocks. Either you support a goal, or you don’t. And if you do, you should be actively working towards making it happen, not just saying it’d be a good idea.
You don’t see football teams talking about aspirational goals, do you? — No, because they actually want to achieve something. Richmond are at the bottom of the ladder, and aspire to start winning games and climbing the ladder. But the difference between them and the politicians is they’re actually trying to make it happen.