It's how we see ourselves—not how much we earn—that shapes our party loyaltiesby Peter Kellner / May 22, 2014 / Leave a comment
Published in June 2014 issue of Prospect Magazine
Those who think class-based politics went out with the miners’ strike should think again. © http://underclassrising.net/
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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 is the basis of British party politics; all else is embellishment and detail.” He had good reason to say this. Labour had won the general election a year earlier, taking more than 60 per cent of working class votes. It attracted only one in four middle class voters, who preferred the Tories by more than two-to-one.