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The Evolution of the Middle class

_72308216_top-comp-newThe British middle class is facing a crisis of confidence, says Labour’s leader. But in a nation famously fixated on social stratifications, what does the term actually mean?

Once upon a time it was signalled by having servants and owning a piano. Today it might mean driving a Volvo, shopping at Waitrose or listening to Radio 4.

Middle class is a slippery term. Is it the same thing as middle income? Or does it refer to a collection of family and cultural baggage – parents, education, job sector and lifestyle choices?

This week Labour leader Ed Milband entered the fray with plans to “rebuild our middle class”. Continue reading

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