What is a Pleb? | What Did Andrew Mitchell Say? | Revealed True Tory Values in an Angry Outburst Against Plebs
Andrew Mitchell, the MP for Sutton Coldfield – a designated Royal Borough north of the industrial city of Birmingham in the West Midlands of England – revealed his true Tory colours during an outburst aimed at a policeman manning the barrier to Downing Street in London. This article gives the background information you need to enjoy the debacle – we also define "debacle" and have a good laugh at the expense of an over privileged idiot millionaire who thinks he is worth more than an average working man. Please add your comments in the section below the article.
The questions answered in this article are:
- Who is Andrew Mitchell?
- What Did Andrew Mitchell Allegedly Say to that Policeman?
- What is a “Pleb”?
- What is a “Patrician”?
- What is a Debacle?
Who is Andrew Mitchell?
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This is Andrew Mitchell. Currently Chief Whip he was formerly the Secretary of State for International Development. He thinks of himself (like all Tories do if they’re honest) as a Patrician – someone who was born into the ruling class and deserves privilege.
Andrew Mitchell MP “serves” himself but (purely technically as he is apt to put his own progress and that of his nearest and dearest above that of his constituents) also the electoral constituency of Sutton Coldfield. Sutton Coldfield is north of the industrial city of Birmingham. Andrew Mitchell is the son of David Mitchell who was a wine importer and a Thatcherite MP from the south. This is where his son’s fortune and political contacts come from.
The millionaire Andrew Mitchell went to Cambridge. This won him the safe seat of Sutton Coldfield which has never returned anything but a Tory MP as it voters are generally well-to-do, nouveau riche or brown nosing working class who should know better. The latter could be, in a further irony, categorised (behind their backs of course) as “plebs” by those in the other categories.
What Did Andrew Mitchell Allegedly Say to that Policewoman?
Andrew Mitchell was riding his bike and did not want to dismount as he went through the barrier that
divides the patricians from the plebeians cordons off the political establishment in Downing Street from the rest of us. When requested to dismount by the police-person (some pundits reports it to have been a police woman) Andrew complained and shouted at the police woman:
“Best you learn your fucking place. You don’t run this fucking government … You’re fucking plebs”
Andrew Mitchell added:
“I’ll have your fucking job for this.”
What is a “Pleb”? | What is a “Patrician”?
A pleb is an Americanism which makes a contraction of the word “plebeian”. A pleb is seen to be a commoner or one of the masses. They are the people who are not good enough to give instructions as they were not born into one of the ruling classes. A pleb can never be entrusted to give instructions. Most people are plebs and, if an analogy between a pleb and an iceberg were to be drawn the majority of the iceberg below the sea would be labelled “Pleb” whereas the smallest part peaking out above the sea would be labelled “Patrician”.
The origin of Pleb is Roman as is the origin of Patrician. It is strange to find that there is no concrete definition of the words but a person was either one (Plebeian) of the other (Patrician) unless they were slaves and therefore beneath categorisation. Both plebeians and patricians could own property and both could be influential in government and socially. Most of the ruling class were patrician.
Andrew Mitchell’s outburst can be seen as him reverting to type. He believes that his class is superior and born to rule and have a better more privileged life. This attitude might be supressed and kept underground in the Conservative Party but only total fools will not have suspected that this elitism was alive and thriving in the Tory Party.
What is a Debacle?
Used in this context a “debacle” is a rout, a collapse of power.
Sutton Coldfield Town Hall, West Midlands, England. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)