Did he or didn’t he? His friends say he didn’t, but the police say he did. It’s certainly not been a pretty picture emerging from the gate of Ten Downing Street, where a senior member of the government confessed that he had not ‘treated the police with the respect they deserve.’
Reports suggest (and I wasn’t there, so this is not first hand!) that Andrew Mitchell seemed to think that his role as government Chief Whip extended to telling duty police officers how to do their job.
Including (or not) describing them as plebs.
‘Pleb’ is short from an old classical term, plebeian: the common people, basically.
Is that what the world has come to? Ruling classes putting the rest of us in our place?
It sounds a little like Jesus’ description of the rulers and great men of the ancient Gentile world. You knew them by the fact that they lorded it over those under them.
Not so, said Jesus, among his disciples.
Whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.
No one should be beneath the our dignity to serve. After all, Jesus came to serve us. And to give his life for us.
Plebs are welcome.