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Frances O'Grady's 'Downton Abbey' TUC Speech Interrupted By Royal Baby Report

09/09/2014 12:06 BST | Updated 09/09/2014 15:59 BST

In a twist of irony so poetic in it's timing it would be worthy of... well, a prime time TV drama, a speech by the leader of the TUC warning of a return to a "Downton Abbey" society was cut off by news of the Royal Baby.

Frances O’Grady was giving the keynote speech at the TUC Annual Congress in Liverpool on Monday when the BBC diverted attention to the Duchess's womb.

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Viewers heard: "Are we going to settle for a nastier and poorer Britain - a Downton Abbey-style society, in which the living standards of the vast majority are sacrificed to protect the high living of the well-to-do?"

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Right on cue the coverage then broke to the Royal Baby announcement.

Suffice to say many were not impressed.

Others however questioned just where O'Grady herself would sit in a 'Downton' style society...