George Osborne tries to bunk First Class train fare on Virgin service
GEORGE Osborne’s little PR disaster. Grab a Gregg’s pastry and listen up:
Chancellor George Osborne did travel in first class on a standard class ticket today, Virgin Trains told ITV News. But Jim Rowe, a Virgin Trains spokesman, said Mr Osborne had no direct communication with Virgin Trains staff.
An officer from the Metropolitan Police, escorting the Chancellor, alerted the train manager in advance that Mr Osborne did not have the correct ticket, Mr Rowe said. Once on the train, the train manager informed the police officer that the Chancellor would have to pay an upgrade fare, a request which Mr Osborne’s aide initially refused.
But after asking for a second time, the Chancellor’s aide agreed that the extra £160 would indeed be paid.
Paying upfront is for plebs.
The story is, of course, all about class. You can’t blame Osborne for wanting a table and some privacy to help him work. Class. The word hangs like a dark cloud over the Tory Cabinet…