What a brilliant collection of clichÃ©s!
Is there a name for this? It looks to be a new class of clichÃ© altogether.
They are amusing anyway - in their own right, I mean - but if they are all true sources and not made up just as a joke, then they are a truly hilarious joke on the people and mindsets that caused them to be uttered.
I wonder, are they real clichÃ©s - statements made independently and without concious reference to one another, as in "going forward", or "at this point in time"?
Or were they perhaps made deliberately as a cynical script - like Obama's empty "...one of our greatest/most important allies" clichÃ© said directly to almost each and every visiting representative from other, smaller nations?
I suspect that it could be a deliberate Euro word-play. If you make such statements from the point of view of each collapsing economy in the Euro-daisy chain, then they are all equal, but still collectively "together". No separatism. Safety in numbers, that sort of thing. No given economy can be singled out as being absolutely "the worst", since "the worst" has an ambiguous definition.
I am not a Euro-taxpayer, but I reckon it might be worth paying unelected Euro-politicians their high salaries if they can come up with amazing jokes like this. Euro-taxpayers might not agree with this, of course.