Anybody else ever get a bit irked over the incessant use of hyperbolic language in public life? Like the arrest of Damien Green being described as Stalinist by assorted politicians? If this was genuinely Stalinist, he'd have probably been sent to Siberia, or shot. And then airbrushed out of history. By this time next week, we'd have all been positively encouraged to have forgotten he ever existed. One day we'll probably have to invent a set of completely new hyperbole to replace the ones that have been killed off by repeated clubbing with mixed metaphors.
It's not like there aren't other perfectly decent synonyms out there... .