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, 3 May 2015
#27 Rafael Behr ordinary folk
Westminster Hour, BBC Radio 4, Sunday 3rd May, Carolyn Quinn discussed pre-election events with a panel including Rafael Behr of the Grauniad who stated that "Conservatives have also had difficulty persuading people that they are really on the side of ordinary folk". 14 mins in.