Apparently Chancellor George Osborne has changed his accent in a desperate attempt to appear less upper-class. I spotted him in Rome once at one of my favourite trattorie, we asked the waiters if they knew who he was. They did. He hadn’t left a tip.
Anyway, back to the loss of his posh accent and his lack of respect for working people. At a recent speech given at a Morrisons supermarket (and you can’t get more Bradfordian or working class than Morrisons), he said “wanna” instead of want to, said “Bridish” rather than British and tweny. Why do politicians go to Morrisons to make their announcements? “It gives them a chance to tell low paid workers that it’s all their fault.” As usual, Paul Merton tells it like it is.
Thankfully, Osborne wasn’t actually in Bradford as the prospect of him attempting a Yorkshire accent is horrifying.
But what is worse than the Bradford accent, is people who think they can “do” it. Yes, we don’t pronounce or say “the” very often, but soft southerners should really refrain from attempting to imitate us. You never, EVER, get it right. But it’s funny (foony) watching you try.