How did this get past the subs?

This one cracked me up today. In a story in the New Zealand Herald, EU blames ‘Mr Bland’ for its lacklustre performance, reporter Catherine Field profiled the President, Jose Manuel Barroso. The story contained this howler…

The President of the European Commission is dismissed by some as a bland pragmatist and by others as an invertebrate opportunist — and his choice is a telling reflection of the state of European politics today.

Hmm, I suppose a political opportunist could succeed without a backbone.

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