Middle class

Middle class people are not the most at risk from alcohol-related harm, despite drinking more

The myth of the ‘middle class drink epidemic’

24 July 2015 11:48

With alcohol consumption falling every year for over a decade it is becoming increasingly difficult to sustain the myth that Britain is in the grips of a drinking epidemic, but… Continue reading

Has Richard Dawkins started a cult? (Photo: Getty)

Podcast: Iraq War III, the cult of Richard Dawkins and the moaning middle class

14 August 2014 12:24

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has extended its hold from eastern Syria into western and northern Iraq, massacring Shi’ites, Christians and Yazidis wherever it can. But can we… Continue reading


Tories vs Labour tax row continues

16 July 2014 15:39

Labour has now reviewed the Harriet Harman interview on LBC in which she said ‘I think people on middle incomes should contribute more through their taxes’ and concluded that she… Continue reading


Debate: will a robot steal your job?

18 June 2014 9:21

Was Karl Marx right all along about capitalism? One of the subjects I like to bore everyone about whenever I get a chance is the hollowing out of middle-class jobs… Continue reading


Will Artificial Intelligence put my job at risk?

5 June 2014 10:30

I used to feel smug when plumbers, bricklayers and the like used to complain of Eastern European migrants coming over here and taking their work. They might be able to replace… Continue reading

The Left often fails to see the social and moral contexts through the economic fog.

Owen Jones’s letter to Ukip voters exposes the Left’s blind spot

16 January 2014 14:47

I try to avoid mentioning Owen Jones because he already gets so much attention from people on the Right, including quite a lot of abuse on t’internet; the poor man’s… Continue reading


My January diet and detox – anything to stay in the middle class

9 January 2014 15:20

Like many of you folks out there, I’m currently engaged in the thinly-disguised admission of alcoholism that is ‘Dry January’. I’m also on a diet, and this week have eaten… Continue reading

Investigation In Jimmy Savile Allegations Continues

The BBC isn’t Left-wing as such, it’s elitist

8 January 2014 14:07

The BBC made a ‘terrible mistake’ in not reflecting public concern about immigration, Nick Robinson has said. This is the latest case of BBC self-flagellation. (Now I think about it,… Continue reading

What did Londoners gain from the sale of this property in Cromwell Terrace for £80 million earlier in the year?

What have Londoners gained from the London housing bubble?

14 October 2013 13:40

Now that the middle class squeeze has become my sujet du bore at the fancy north London dinner parties I attend, I was interested in Saturday’s New York Times piece… Continue reading

That was the middle class that was. Illustration: Christian Adams.

For the middle classes, things can only get worse

23 August 2013 13:15

In this week’s magazine Fraser Nelson and I look at the breaking of the English middle class, a subject so scary you’ll want to hold someone’s hand when reading it. The… Continue reading

That was the middle class that was. Illustration: Christian Adams.

The View from 22 — death of the middle class, entrepreneurial gypsies, HS2 and binge drinking

22 August 2013 9:03

Is the great stabilising force in British society disappearing? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, deputy editor of the Catholic Herald Ed West discusses the strange death of the middle class and… Continue reading

Stamp Duty is affecting ordinary house sales in the Midlands and the North, not just the plusher regions of London and the South East.

Stamp Duty is stomping all over Middle England

6 August 2013 13:40

65 per cent of the people buying a home in London in 2012-13 paid the 3 per cent rate of Stamp Duty or more. You can pay that rate on… Continue reading

The Chancellor George Osborne Prepares To Give His Budget To Parliament

Osborne and IDS promise a ‘better deal’ for working families. But a better deal is not necessarily a good deal

1 April 2013 10:36

As Fraser says, the welfare changes, cuts to legal aid and so forth, which have come into force today, have got a universal thumbs-down in the left-wing press. I expect… Continue reading

The disgraced media report on the disgrace of the BBC being laid bare by a committee of disgraced MPs, and you pay for this absurd pantomime. It's enough to turn good, honest folk violent. Image: Getty

A black, bloody insurrection of the hard-working, over-taxed and unbenefited

13 November 2012 10:24

If you want to understand the mood of modern Britain, James Hawes’s novels of middle class fury are not a bad place to start. Hawes’s heroes are middle-aged men, whose… Continue reading


Four tests for Osborne’s Budget

20 March 2012 18:03

With the Coalition taking pre-Budget briefing to new levels you’d be excused for thinking there’s little we don’t know about tomorrow’s statement. But here are four questions we can’t yet… Continue reading


Putin’s dilemma

4 March 2012 15:21

If you enjoy scoring tiny but likely returns on your wagers, then how about putting some money down on Vladimir Putin to win today’s presidential election in Russia? William Hill… Continue reading


Ed Miliband is No Teddy Roosevelt

10 January 2012 15:27

This is, I know, a statement of the obvious but Ed Miliband is no Teddy Roosevelt. There are two reasons to be thankful for this. First, TR was really a… Continue reading

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Miliband keen to relieve the squeezed middle from Thursday’s strikes

28 June 2011 18:14

Ed Miliband is learning. He has written a blog on Thursday’s strikes and it is plain that he has learnt from the errors he made during the March against the… Continue reading


Dave doesn’t agree with Nick and he’s “very relaxed” about it

23 April 2011 14:38

A row over internships has upset this unfeasibly perfect spring day. The Prime Minister has given an interview to the Telegraph in which he contradicts Nick Clegg’s view that internships… Continue reading


Cameron needs to tread with care

13 April 2011 17:30

David Cameron’s Oxford gaffe is refusing to die down. Whenever I’ve called Tory MPs or other members of the Conservative family in the last few days, it has been the… Continue reading


The Tories’ middle-class problem?

13 April 2011 16:46

Back in July 2003, Bruce Anderson wrote a piece on David Cameron for The Spectator. Its tone was summed up by its headline — "My hero" — and that tone… Continue reading


Sharing the burden will enable tax cuts in the future

24 February 2011 17:48

The elderly have been sheltered from cuts, so far at least. New research from the IEA suggests that the government could save an additional £16bn a year simply by cutting… Continue reading


Reforming welfare: a mixed bag

22 February 2011 18:41

Last week, Reform published its 2011 scorecard of the coalition government’s public service reform programme. Yesterday, Thomas Cawston explained how the coalition can get NHS reforms back on track. Today,… Continue reading


Too clever by half, Miliband pitches for the squeezed middle with the vacuous promise of change

27 November 2010 10:52

Ed Miliband has made an inauspicious start to his second political relaunch of the week. The Sun has dubbed him Buzz Lightweight, after he adopted the Pixar-inspired catchphrase ‘Beyond New Labour’ to describe… Continue reading


The Big Squeeze

26 November 2010 18:36

The media pack is often blind to an impending political car-crash.  For instance, very few in Westminster, or the media, noticed the scrapping of the 10p tax band until the… Continue reading