UK politician under fire for alleged 'pleb' remark

Sep 24, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Lake Wylie Pilot

The single syllable was reportedly not the most profane part of Andrew Mitchell's tirade at police officers who asked him to get off his bicycle as he passed through the gates of Downing Street.

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I can read

Edinburgh, UK

#1 Sep 25, 2012
Since the Conservative party have essentially green lit being allowed to denegrate and swear at police officers, it's obvious that we can also do the same to them.

I wonder if anyone is setting up a national 'swear at a tory day' dedicated to Andrew Mitchell.
Doubtful Thomas

London, UK

#2 Sep 26, 2012
swearing is part of modern culture whether we like it or not. From my personal experience a lie is far worse and policemen/women have perfected the are.A lie can be the most cruel thing, its an attack on credibility.As the saying goes he who feels it knows it.
EdSed

Hamilton, UK

#3 Sep 27, 2012
Doubtful Thomas wrote:
swearing is part of modern culture whether we like it or not. From my personal experience a lie is far worse and policemen/women have perfected the are.A lie can be the most cruel thing, its an attack on credibility.As the saying goes he who feels it knows it.
Swearing may be part of British youth culture today, but one shouldn't think it isn't ignorance. That is why it is called 'bad language'. It's not only offensive and redundant speech, it undermines both mutual respect and communication. The overall quality of spoken English varies from generation to generation, but there is no credit in delibierate use of bad language. Something is lost and something gained in living every day (as the song says) and we have lost something now that expletives are more common. They aren't any more acceptable to some of us.

Obviously lies aren't good either, but perhaps in this case Mitchell seems to have convinced himself that he needn't set any example as regards behaviour and that if he isn't actually looking at the police officer when he swears and calls him a pleb, the remarks can't possibly be construed as being aimed at the officer. I don't think either of them are liars and perhaps the officer was unduly officious and punctilious, but it appears to be Mitchell who cannot understand why his behaviour is wrong and what exactly has happened, not the police officer.

The article says, "Class distinctions are the great tugging undercurrent in British society - ever-present, endlessly debated, never resolved."
This newspaper seems at least 100 years behind the times. Who really cares about 'class'?

Since: Feb 08

Yamashitacho, Japan

#4 Oct 29, 2012
Political People All Over World Are Mere Entertainers

http://book.geocities.jp/japans_conspiracy/01...

They are just carrying out their mission as they are told by their secret masters.

Their mission is not to entertain people but to deceive people for the convenience of their secret masters.

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