The Man on the Clapham Omnibus

The Clapham Omnibus

The Clapham Omnibus

“The Man On The Clapham Omnibus” is a term used to describe the ‘average man in the street’.

He is used as an example when someone is suspected of a public order offence ie their behaviour would cause offence to The Man On The Clapham Omnibus.

It seems to date back to around the early 1900’s when Clapham, in South London, was considered to be representative of  ‘ordinary’ London.

Now, call me simplistic but if it’s OK for us to be judged by the standards of The Man On The Clapham Omnibus why is this standard not being used when judging MP’s.

The original Man On The Clapham Omnibus would probably have looked up to and respected MP’s… I wonder what he would be thinking now.

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