I am irritated by (mostly) politicians and (also) media-types referring to "ordinary people". I don't mind being a regular, normal, ordinary chap, but when they wield it, the phrase comes with the patronising implication that they are somehow better than ordinary. And as we have seen for a long time and especially in recent years, many politicians in particular and journalists in general tend to range from 'ordinary' downwards.
I log occurrences here and send offenders a postcard.
Sunday, 22 March 2015
Farage nearly does it again
Following on from "ordinary, decent working families" on 4th March, on the Marr show today, he referred to "ordinary decent working people". The context was describing his Thanet South rival Al Murray as being patronising to said group.