Pleb definition: Ã¢â‚¬Ëœmember of despised social class, commoner, low born, vulgar, one step above slavesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢.
Andrew MitchellÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s maternal grandmother is today discovered to have been a domestic servant. Oh, the shame of it. In a way, quite comforting though. My paternal grandma (Scottish) was a domestic servant, grandpa (Welsh miner and railway worker). My maternal grandma (English) was a domestic servant. Grandpa - nobody ever knew the name on the stern of the ship that glided past in the night, but presumed as never having gone to Eton - or through it. It is he that my legendary good looks are attributed to. However, she worked herself to death to bring up a family of four through the 1920/30Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s.
That gives me the advantage in the pleb stakes of at least four (including me) in the family to his (known) one. Mind you, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve never been so vulgar as to swear at a police officer face to face or in print (thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s now three to one), never been so common as to, from a position of seniority, threaten anybody with the sack (thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s now two to one), never assumed that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m better than anyone (thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s evens now). I resent that. Being equal to that stinker (thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the bias - couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t resist) galls. Hooray for plebdom.