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, 6 September 2015
#55 Christiane Amanpour on the Marr show
The Andrew Marr show has returned and delivered when Christiane Amanpour (CNN's chief international correspondent) and (columnist and author) Owen Jones reviewed the papers. Amanpour 8 mins. in, discussing (what else) the migrant / refugee crisis and our reaction to it,
"These are ordinary people who are helping .. these are ordinary British people..."