"an officer from the Metropolitan Police, who was escorting the chancellor, is reported to have told the train manager in advance that Mr Osborne did not have the correct ticket."
"At no time was there a disagreement or a refusal to pay for the upgrade. Nor was there any discussion between the train manager and Mr Osborne."
The part that says "His aide tells ticket collector he cannot possibly move and sit with the likes of us in standard class and requests he is allowed to remain in First Class."
was what the reporter said the aide said, but as she was by her own admission "a carriage away from the action" I think we can draw our own conclusions.....it's all a lot of fuss about very little. Thousands of people pay upgrades on the trains every day.
Seems strange that I only had to pay £15 to upgrade to First Class last week on a much longer journey. I suppose that's just another example of the ridiculous pricing structure on the trains these days.
As much as I dislike Osborne and his pals, he really hasn't done anything different to loads of other people. If a seat in first class is unreserved for the whole trip anyone with a valid standard class ticket can upgrade on the train.
MPs used to get 1st class train travel for themselves and their aides, this has now thankfully been done away with, and they now have to travel standard class, or pay the upgrade themselves, in most cases this upgrade cannot be claimed as expenses.