George Osborne snubs standard class despite absence of first class ticket
We’re all in it together, don’t you know. That is, unless you’re Chancellor George Osborne. He’s been involved in a mild kerfuffle on a train from Wilmslow to Euston, London this afternoon after realising that he only had a standard class ticket. Naturally, George is too good for standard and just made his way into first class.
Luckily, ITV News reporter Rachel Townsend was on the train and has told their site:
“George Osborne got on the train with aides at Wilmslow and went straight to first class. Then his aide approached the ticket collector right next to me. He said he is travelling with George and he has a standard ticket but can he remain in first class?
The guard said no. The aide said Osborne couldn't possibly sit in standard class. The guard replied saying if he wants to stay it's £160. The aide said he couldn't pay and he couldn't really sit in standard. The guard refused to budge.
The guard went on gathering tickets and later told me Osborne had agreed to cough up the £160."
Tremendous stuff. All in it together, remember? What? Something about plebs?