Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I Nearly Applauded When a Grey-Haired Lady from Morpeth Spoke about the Flooding

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I Nearly Applauded When a Grey-Haired Lady from Morpeth Spoke about the Flooding

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Byline: KATE FOX

THERE are many reasons we believe that chief whip Andrew Mitchell called a police officer "a pleb".

Partly because the police officer said so and we still, on the whole, trust a police officer's word.

Partly because we believe that a Tory grandee might use the word "pleb" and partly because when Andrew Mitchell started opening his mouth to deny that he'd said it, he came across as just the sort of man who would have done.

The Oxford English Dictionary says it's a derogatory noun meaning "an ordinary person, especially one from the lower social classes". This is the wrong thing to be caught saying at a time when respect for ordinary people is increasing.

They were the toast of the Olympics in the form of the Gamesmakers, the cheering crowds and Danny Boyle's opening ceremony stars. They stand in contrast to all that is seen as privileged, elite and selfish - bankers, politicians, Paris Hilton etc.

The North East is full of ordinary people who are clearly the best of us whenever they get the chance to have their voices heard. I nearly stood up and applauded when a grey-haired lady from Morpeth spoke about the floods on the national news earlier this week.

Evacuated from her home, sat in a community centre, she beamed a fourhundred-watt smile and said: "We got through two world wars, inch by inch, do you think we're going to be defeated by a drop of water?" IT appears to be the start of the football season again. I gather the North East still has some teams who lots of people are very passionate about.

Due to my football-blindness condition, I have no knowledge of their activities whatsoever but I thought I would just provide the service of giving a preview of the season to any people who are similarly afflicted.

The respective managers will both face some sort of sacking crisis at some point in the next few months. …

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