Well Allan Mitchell has gone and I don't much care as anyone who believes, as he professed to do, that spending more money on overseas aid whilst ruthlessly cutting the defence budget was a good thing is a very strange sort of Tory in my book.
But did he really call a policeman a 'fucking pleb.' Well I don't believe he did what I think he actually called him was a 'fucking Plod.' Now either the said policeman misheard or someone decided that it would in infinitely more damaging to the Chief Whip if the word 'plod' was changed to 'pleb.
Why is it more likely that Mitchell called the policeman a 'plod' simply because that is the generic name for uniformed policemen in the services and among plain clothes policeman. In fact if he had held his hand up and admitted calling the copper a 'fucking plod' the Police Federation would not have dared open their mouth as to condemn him as to do would have been to condemn the hole of CID.