A politician has made himself “very clear” while not answering the question.

The politician effectively bought time by using more words to shift the focus on attacking the opposition.

“Let me be very clear on this,” the politician announced in reply to a question on education.

“I’m not here to answer your questions, I’m here to tell you the opposition continues to stifle policies driving jobs and growth.”

The politician says he had never had a more exciting time in his life telling journalists his talking points.

Other effective phrases include, “Let me be clear”, “Let me be very clear”, Let me be absolutely clear”, “Let’s be clear”, and “Let us be clear”.