The Clapham Omnibus is associated with rather stuffy
assumptions about what the great unwashed
public think, e.g. "So, Minister, what would the man on the Clapham Omnibus
say about the reduction in tax
in the new budget
? Wouldn't he prefer cheaper beer
? Hmm? Hmm?"
Back in the days when the phrase was more common, Clapham
was mostly a cheap but respectable
place to live, full of ordinary respectable chaps who held ordinary respectable opinions. These days, however, it's full of gastropub
s and is inhabited by large numbers of people who own labrador
s and call their children Henrietta.
They rarely travel by bus.
It's now used as a deliberate archaism
, or by politician
s attempting to be witty on Radio 4
has outbreaks of Heritage Fever
and so the Number 88, an ordinary, unassuming single-decker bus, was repainted and renamed as the Clapham Omnibus some years ago.