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Does class still drive British politics?

It's how we see ourselves—not how much we earn—that shapes our party loyalties

By Peter Kellner   June 2014

Those who think class-based politics went out with the miners’ strike should think again. ©

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As so often, some of the sharpest political insights come not from the sage columnists of our upmarket papers but from comedy writers. They have noticed—and exploited—some of the social class cross-currents that conventional analysis has tended to overlook.

Fifty years ago, things were simpler. The working classes voted Labour while the middle classes voted Conservative. In 1967, Peter Pulzer, the political scientist, wrote: “Class…

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