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.
Friday, 27 March 2015
Rachel Reeves just escapes
On BBC Radio 4's Any questions at 8:30-ish tonight, Labour MP Rachel Reeves narrowly denied herself a postcard with the phrase 'ordinary working people'.
Image from rachelreeves.net.