We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Contact Forum Editor

Send an email to our Forum Editor:


PLEASE NOTE: Your name is used only to let the Forum Editor know who sent the message. Both your name and email address will not be used for any other purpose.

Speakers Corner


It's free to register, to post a question or to start / join a discussion


 

The Chancelor of the Exchequer and the 2nd class train ticket


Algerian peter

Likes # 0

George just has a second class ticket but goes straight to first class.

"His aide tells ticket collector he cannot possibly move and sit with the likes of us in standard class and requests he is allowed to remain in First Class.

"Ticket collector refuses... I am a carriage away from the action ( the reporter) but have asked ticket inspector if he was going to let him stay "no chance"

"£160 for First Class upgrade... aide says no!..

"Breaking news: George Osborne pays £160 to stay in first class!"

You'd think they would have a pass to travel first class on any train.

Will he cut the subsidy to train operators for the embarasment?

Like this post
Algerian peter

Likes # 0

Like this post
D@ve

Likes # 0

So he boards the train with a standard ticket, then upgrades to first class. Bit of a non-story really.

I like how the journalist that is sat in a different carriage to him seems to know exactly what was said.

Like this post
Mr Mistoffelees

Likes # 0

Another grossly overblown storm in a teacup.

Like this post
Forum Editor

Likes # 1

Errmmm....

Perhaps it's an idea to read the whole story.

"an officer from the Metropolitan Police, who was escorting the chancellor, is reported to have told the train manager in advance that Mr Osborne did not have the correct ticket."

"At no time was there a disagreement or a refusal to pay for the upgrade. Nor was there any discussion between the train manager and Mr Osborne."

The part that says "His aide tells ticket collector he cannot possibly move and sit with the likes of us in standard class and requests he is allowed to remain in First Class."

was what the reporter said the aide said, but as she was by her own admission "a carriage away from the action" I think we can draw our own conclusions.....it's all a lot of fuss about very little. Thousands of people pay upgrades on the trains every day.

Like this post
BSOD

Likes # 0

According to this Mr. Osborne argued with train staff.

Like this post
Flak999

Likes # 0

Errmmm....

Suppose it depends who you believe! This would be a big scalp to get, it's not going to happen, but they are sailing close to the wind!

Like this post
Condom

Likes # 0

The only thing that puzzles me slightly over this is why did George Osbourne only have a second class ticket in the first place if he doesn't travel second class.

Like this post
morddwyd

Likes # 0

Because I believe their expenses now only allow for 2nd Class, except under certain circumstances.

Like this post
interzone55

Likes # 0

Seems strange that I only had to pay £15 to upgrade to First Class last week on a much longer journey. I suppose that's just another example of the ridiculous pricing structure on the trains these days.

As much as I dislike Osborne and his pals, he really hasn't done anything different to loads of other people. If a seat in first class is unreserved for the whole trip anyone with a valid standard class ticket can upgrade on the train.

MPs used to get 1st class train travel for themselves and their aides, this has now thankfully been done away with, and they now have to travel standard class, or pay the upgrade themselves, in most cases this upgrade cannot be claimed as expenses.

Like this post
QuizMan

Likes # 0

I wonder how much the reporter one carriage away paid the ticket collector for the story and whether the collector will be declaring it on his/her tax return? :-)

Like this post

Reply to this topic

This thread has been locked.



IDG UK Sites

iPhone 6 release date, price, specs and new features: Invite confirms 9 September launch

IDG UK Sites

Nostalgia time: Top 10 best selling mobile phones in history

IDG UK Sites

How Ford designs next-generation cars at its Melbourne Design Centre

IDG UK Sites

iPhone 6 release date, rumours, video, UK price & images: iPhone launch event confirmed for 9...