The class divide and the EU

Class has always been at the heart of the British way of looking at things. Upstairs Downstairs, Downton and the like all prove it, after all. Only this week we were told that applicants to the Civil Service must declare whether they were educated privately. Seems there just too many knobs! But I digress…

There was an interesting bit of research that came out Monday in relation to the class divide and the Neverendum. It was on the Sky News newspaper review so it must be breaking and important?

According to the study, if you’re in social class A or B – i.e upper class, managerial, affluent, degree educated etc – then you’re more likely to vote to stay in the EU. This is sort of logical when you think that they’re not expecting any migrants to be settled in their neighbourhood and they’d be hard pushed to cope without those low paid Eastern European child minders, nannies, au pairs, cleaners and servants.

And those city bankers aren’t getting forced out of their jobs by low paid EU migrants. Nor are they worried that the costs of their mortgages might increase if interest rates rise.

On the other hand, the lower social classes are more likely to vote leave because their communities are being swamped with migrants, taking their jobs and holding down wages. If leaving forces down house prices as Cameron claims then it’s easier for their offspring to get on the housing ladder.

It’s a new way of looking at voting patterns. Or is it? It seems that the FT ran this ‘news’ back in October 2015 and the Economist in Feb 2016. The Telegraph dredged it up again on May 16th.

So where did the Sky newspaper reviewers find it – because I’ve looked online and it’s nowhere to be found?

Perhaps it was a slow news day being a bank holiday?…


6 responses to “The class divide and the EU

  1. If leave equates to lower house prices and higher wages, why is this a problem? Sounds good to me.
    Last week Cameron stated that inflation would go up to 2%, is that not the BoE target? If so how is that a reason to vote remain?

    • Cameron is a shameless opportunist and all over the place. Last week he shared an anti-Brexit campaign platform with newly elected London Mayor Sadiq Khan calling him a “proud Muslim and proud Brit” just weeks after attacking him for having alleged links to Islamic extremists.

      • If we leave the EU then Cameron won’t get that nice commissioners job after he leaves office. Call me cynical, but that the only reason I can see for him being a turncoat…

      • “…Cameron is a shameless opportunist…”

        I think I’d express it in rather more robust terms; I congratulate you on your restraint.

    • Nicely put.
      2% is indeed the target the BoE is supposed to remain below so, as you quite rightly say, where’s the argument?

  2. Stonyground

    Every politician who is in favour of remaining should be grilled about how likely it is that his hope of getting a nice sinecure might be clouding his judgement.

    Pronunciation: /ˈsʌɪnɪkjʊə/ /ˈsɪnɪkjʊə/

    A position requiring little or no work but giving the holder status or financial benefit.