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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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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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oresome

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It's right to have a dose of scepticism about press stories, but I would suggest a similar attitude to official versions of events as put out by rail companies and government departments.

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oresome

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The event itself is insignificant

A little like the butterflies wings flapping?

The Tories are being successfully portrayed as toffs at the moment, out of touch with the lives of the common man. If this view continues to gather momentum, the outcome of the next general election will be influenced by it.

Wouldn't it be ironic if a train ticket had more bearing on the outcome of an election than the odd few billions squandered in economic mismanagement.

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Mr Mistoffelees

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"Wouldn't it be ironic if a train ticket had more bearing on the outcome of an election than the odd few billions squandered in economic mismanagement."

It would be bloody stupid if that had more influence, on the results of an election, than issues that actually matter.

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