I like to think of myself as an intelligent sort of bloke – so can somebody explain to me exactly what all the fucking fuss is about?
As I understand it, some bloke who’s in the government tried to ride his bike into Downing Street and was accosted by a jobsworth copper who basically told him to piss off. He got upset and basically told him to piss off instead. All seems perfectly natural and reasonable to me. Oh – hang on tho’. Apparently he might have used the word ‘pleb’.
I looked up the word in the Oxford dictionary. It’s short for ‘plebian’ which, in ancient Rome where the word originated, means an ordinary citizen. Now I could understand it if Mitchell had said something like “Why don’t you fuck off, you Nazi gestapo fucking pig filth!” but he didn’t.
Now we move on to him meeting with the police. Apparently they are all getting worked up because two of their officers – who naturally would never, ever collude – both have a note of him using the word ‘pleb’ in their notebooks. They say that Cameron is weak, because by not sacking the guy he is calling the whole process of policemen using their notebooks in court to give evidence into doubt.
Mind you, I thought that every time a defence lawyer crossed examined a police witness, that was exactly what they were doing anyway.
It’s a storm in a teacup. Cameron is right to dismiss it. As an educated man, he probably realises that he was elected by a process known as plebiscite (‘election by consensus of the ordinary people’) and that therefore the word ‘pleb’ is not actually much of an insult, and certainly not a swear word.
The police need to get a grip and stop playing politics. The media need to find another story to obsess about – like something actually newsworthy – and we need to forget the whole stupid incident.
Because that’s about all it warrants if we’re honest about it.