Monday, 13 April 2015

#10b Bridget Kendall again, while James Naughtie and Justin Webb come close

A promising start to the day:

Bridget Kendall (#10) again reporting from Russia for BBC Radio 4 Today described the view of 'ordinary people'. 40 minutes in.

The Today hourly news headlines read by Webb (#16) at 7 o'c and by Naughtie at 8 o'c described Hilary Clinton's pitch for the presidency as aimed at 'ordinary Americans'. I guess that escapes censure. I note that for the 9 o'clock news the script changed to 'everyday Americans'.

A review in this week's Spectator by A.N. Wilson of Peter Brown's The Ransom of the Soul: Afterlife and Wealth in Early Christianity, describes an argument between Gregory of Tours and "one of his priests [who] believed that ordinary people did not have everlasting life'.

Rachel Reeves on Radio 4 PM referred to "small people and small businesses" - that's probably worse than 'ordinary'.

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