A SUCCESSFUL entrepreneur has confessed that she neither has a working-class background or is prepared to make one up.
Emma Bradford, who has made her fortune creating software, has confirmed that neither she, her parents or her grandparents came from tough council estates they were determined to escape.
She said: “We weren’t rich. But nor am I prepared to pretend we were particularly poor.
“Did I watch my mum work her fingers to the bone in two jobs? Sort of, but only in that she was a non-exec director for a local company and an IT consultant. Did I strive to have a better life than she did? Not really. She’s got a much nicer sofa than me.
“Bailiffs at the door? No. Just carol singers and stuff. And yes, Dad did leave us, but only to go on the odd work trip and he always brought back Toblerone.
“Ex-classmates now all drug addicts or in prison? No. Largely they’re in white-collar jobs and earning in the high five figures, though I do worry they’ve not put enough into their pensions.”
Friend Eleanor Shaw said: “It’s so brave of Emma to come out and admit she doesn’t have a working-class backstory to fall back on. Such deprivation.”