Spad vs Spag - What's the difference?
As an adjective spad
is thin, tiny, young.
As a verb spad
As a noun spag is
big, clumsy foot.
A government adviser, often in a political or media role.
* 2009 , Ben Wright,
Hidden world of the political advisers, BBC:
* 2012 ,
- A successful stint as a spad can be a crucial political apprenticeship - as many of the current crop of professional politicians including the Miliband brothers, David Cameron and George Osborne can testify - so long as they stay in the dark.
Avoid The Thick of It-style spad appointments, ministers told, The Guardian :
- The hit BBC sitcom satirising the inner workings of Whitehall and the so-called spads contains "more than a grain of truth", the head of the cross-party public administration select committee has warned.
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