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.
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Sunday, 26 April 2015
#25 Tim Donovan
During each Sunday Politics there is a switch to local affairs and today (26th April) Tim Donovan introduced the London segment. Analysing Labour's offer in the coming election, he referred to "a promise to help more ordinary Londoners". 38 mins in.