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“Britain’s middle classes are routinely labelled the “squeezed middle” but that squeeze is far more than simple financial pressure” © Phil Disley

Looking back, I can put my finger on the time when a clutch of appealing illusions I had carried unquestioningly with me throughout my adult life began to fall away. It was late 2009, just two years into the financial and economic debacle that still surrounds us, but long before I or most other people finally realised that what we thought was just another temporary downturn—albeit a bad one—was…

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