And to put my colleagues on notice, I promise to edit away any use of this phrase on the blog. Any.
Seriously, people, can't we stop recycling the same stale language all the time? Orwell knew what was up:
This mixture of vagueness and sheer incompetence is the most marked characteristic of modern English prose, and especially of any kind of political writing. As soon as certain topics are raised, the concrete melts into the abstract and no one seems able to think of turns of speech that are not hackneyed: prose consists less and less of words chosen for the sake of their meaning, and more and more of phrases tacked together like the sections of a prefabricated henhouse.