He may or may not be a solicitor, or a businessman, or a stockbroker in Glasgow. [Edit]
He was travelling first class on the Virgin service from London to Glasgow and was offended by the presence in the carriage of a foreigner. He didn’t feel she and her 4-year-old son should be allowed to share First Class accommodation with the likes of him.
Perhaps he felt that the air that British First Class passengers breathe would be in some way tainted were foreigners allowed to breathe it. (I wonder if he has ever been abroad and, if so, did he hold his breath for the entire time?)
Anyway, instead of just thinking these things to himself, he actually told her she should be in ‘Common Class’ (You see, he’s so superior he doesn’t even know where the lower orders travel.)
MacKinnon is originally from London and was a boarder at what the record describes as the “exclusive” Milton Abbey School in Dorset, where boarding now apparently costs £11,780 per term. Just a wee suggestion to this exclusive school: maybe they’d like to review their courses on behaviour when mixing with other human beings.
MacKinnon was arrested and charged by transport police. He appeared at Carlisle Magistrates Court on Tuesday and admitted a racially aggravated public order offence. He was fined £1154, plus £50 compensation, a £150 victim surcharge and £85 in court costs.
Nothing to him really. However, hopefully, the bad publicity will mean that his law firm will wish to dispense with his services and that no decent person would now engage them to act for him.
He was drinking wine from a bottle on the journey, not something you’d necessarily expect of fellow passengers when you are travelling First Class. We can assume then, that he was drunk at the time of the offence. But that’s not an excuse for breaking the law.
The woman he verbally abused is a Glasgow-born lawyer. She had been visiting her husband who is currently working in London.
Shockingly, there were around 12 other people in the first class carriage, none of whom said or did anything to protect a young mother and a very small boy from the abuse of this unpleasant foul-mouthed old drunk. (He swore violently at the 4-year-old!). Shame on you people. I’m pretty certain that had they been in Common Class, as MacKinnon suggested they should be, someone would have told him to sit down and shut up. I’m sure I would have. It’s not like an old drunk could have posed any kind of physical threat. Shame on you First Class people.
I’ve put this up on Munguin’s Republic because I think it is fair and right that as many people as possible see the story. After all, the fine and expenses in themselves will hardly be a disincentive for someone like him to change his ways. Bad publicity and public opprobrium might do the trick.
I don’t know what company he works for, but if anyone does, please feel free to share it.
I dunno about you but if I’d forked out for First Class seats I’d not want to spend a long boring journey in the company of an abusive bigoted old soak drinking from a bottle as if he was on the Buckie. how about you?