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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Thursday, 21 May 2015
BBC R4 News 8pm
I'm fairly certain I heard Mr. Farage using the phrase "ordinary folk", but that news broadcast is not available for playback.
Same for the nine o'c news - they have have programmes either side, but not the news.