Two items in the news this week that are linked.
Conservative MP Sir Nicholas Winterton says he’s “infuriated” that he can’t travel on first class trains. He was being interviewed by Stephen Nolan on BBC Radio 5 live’s Victoria Derbyshire show. His comments can be heard in the audio clip so it isn’t just a case of people tuning in live who caught the discussion but anyone with an internet connection. I think it was a trending topic on twitter in the UK for a day.
“I can’t be trying to work on government documents with people looking over my shoulder in standard class. Poor people banging their begging bowls when I’m trying to concentrate on my papers. Their children running around bare foot causing a nuisance. Besides the smell of the commoners and their livestock. The working class are a totally different type of people.” He didn’t actually say that but I’m sure that’s what he was thinking.
This was followed by the sad news of the death of Lionel Jeffries. I remember him being in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as Grandpa Potts and finding out that he was a year younger than Dick Van Dyke. I can’t remember seeing him in anything else. But it’s the song he sings whilst his little hut is being lifted across the sea by airship that is memorable.
O the posh posh traveling life, the traveling life for me
Maybe that’s what needs to happen to Winterton, airlifted away to a foreign land.
Port out, starboard home, posh with a capital P-O-S-H, Posh