I have been puzzling over this one. The Tory Chief Whip eventually resigned over the issue of using (although he denies it) the word “plebs” in relation to the police. He admitted swearing at them, but swearing, whatever the words, was not deemed to be as great a sin as the use of the word “plebs”. But only last week Alex Salmond was reported as referring to the government as “Lord Snootys” (shouldn’t that be Snooties?). What if he had used such a phrase or similar on a visit to Balmoral or Holyrood House and been angered because his way had been obstructed? The internet and the press are awash with insulting phrases used against perceived upper class, e.g. (forgive me) “Tory scum”, “Eton mafia”, twits and worse. Class warfare is being waged by language. Why is it worse one way than the other? And in general the public is not best served when genuine debate is obscured by the use of bad language.