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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Monday, 20 July 2015
R4 Today OFam
Helen Goodman MP, Radio 4 Today, 20th July, around 1:15 in.
Discussing the budget, particularly tax credits and the candidates for the Labour leadership,
".. things we did because we were tuned in to ordinary families and their needs."