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Macclesfield MP Sir Nicholas Winterton:
"If I was in standard-class, I would not do work because people would be looking over your shoulder the entire time, there would be noise, there would be distraction. They [standard-class passengers] are a totally different type of people - they have a different outlook on life. They may be reading a book but I doubt whether they're undertaking serious work or study, reading reports or amending reports that MPs do when they travel"


Date: 2010-03-10 05:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] forgiveninasong.livejournal.com
When I first heard this the other week, I just laughed. Such a pompous and outspoken Tory MP and he is speaking absolute crap. You can hear the interview online somehow. It was ridiculous.

Date: 2010-03-10 07:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sparklywalls.livejournal.com
I was torn when I first heard this cos yeah standard class is a bit shit - for EVERYONE, so the way he claimed that there's a standard model for a standard class passenger was a bit laughable really.

Also there's just as many "oiks" in first class and I'm willing to bet some of them most badly behaved will possibly be MPs. My dad uses first class regularly and had an encounter with an extremely rude Tory MP who gave off vibes of thinking the staff should be at his beck and call.

Wow didn't see the last bit though. I regularly read on trains and sometimes in the past it was for university work! It's so shocking that a young person reading could be seen as something negative!

Date: 2010-03-10 07:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unkoogabriel.livejournal.com
What an absolute cunt.

My boyfriend gets half his PhD done on (standard class) train journeys. But perhaps narratology in William Blake does not count as serious study. Perhaps it is, in the elevated world-view of Sir Nicholas, on a par with reading a Catherine Cookson novel.

This has really pissed me off for some reason. Twat.



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