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


Algerian peter ™

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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?

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oresome

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Could be worse.

George didn't rant and rave at the ticket inspector and call him names.

On a more serious note, I have no objection to the Chancellor travelling first class at the tax payers expense. It is after all one of the highest offices of state.

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wee eddie

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I would assume that the £160.00 Upgrade covered his whole entourage, Secretary, Protection Officer, etc.

I have no idea how many were travelling with him, but it is unlikely that he booked the Tickets, although they would have been paid for with his Card, so he would have been expected too do the business and pick up the Tab for the upgrades.

Considering that many Politicians have, in the past, had a convoy of Chauffeur Driven Cars awaiting their every whim, I think that he should be commended for travelling this way.

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spider9

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I just wonder why he actually had a 2nd class ticket?

I know they can only claim for such a ticket, but, surely, he should have purchased a 1st Class ticket and then only claimed for the 2nd class rate when submitting his 'expenses'.

That way he always has the correct ticket - or would that be too difficult for our Chancellor to grasp?

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VCR97

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The explanation which I heard on Radio 4 was that he had bought a standard ticket but that there was no room in Standard Class so he moved to First Class. As his aide sought out the guard (or whatever he's called nowadays) to explain the situation I fail to see what all the fuss is about. Seems like a bit of opportunistic politicking.

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john bunyan

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Whilst "Standard class" may be the norm for back benchers, I think ministers should be allowed to travel first class on government business, as they may wish to do confidential work en route.In private companies, senior people are usually allowed first class travel.

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interzone55

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spider9

Nice idea with one flaw - if he bought a first class ticket, but claimed for a second class ticket where would he get the correct VAT receipt for the expenses claim?

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spider9

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alan14

So if he, say, missed his train and took a taxi from home to London then he would have no claim, since a VAT receipt in that case would be for an expensive taxi fare - and thus not acceptable? I assumed that the idea was that 'standard class' was the maximum that could be claimed for travel.

Surely a VAT estimate for the standard fare could be utilised to modify the claim.

I also believe that Ministers should get 1st Class, for privacy reasons.

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Condom

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"Man on train buys ticket"

If this was your story I'm afraid that you wouldn't last 2 minutes as a reporter. To sell newspapers you need to have a punchline with an element of sensationalism in it.

I would have suggested to you that perhaps "Toff top politician refuses to sit among the plebs in crowded train" might do better but again perhaps it is too long. So maybe "Me, sit with the plebs!! never".

I bet you my newspaper would sell more than yours ;-)

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LanceAlot

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If I was the Chancellor I wouldn't travel with us plebs either.

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morddwyd

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"the media focussing on this sort of trivial rubbish and ignoring the issues that ought to matter in the modern world."

And that, of course, is the problem.

Image is now everything, and not just in politics.

Ministers, even Prime Ministers) don't go because of incompetence, or indiscretions, but because newspapers decide they should go.

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