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, 3 May 2015
#22b James O'Brien
In the last of the series of Friday Night addons to Newsnight, James O'Brien used a similar introduction as on 11th April, referring to "what everyone else is still calling ordinary people". He might well have done so on the intervening show(s) too, but I didn't see those. No second postcard.