MOST people in the UK are members of the not-really-middle-class class, research has revealed.
The Institute for Studies found that the burgeoning new class consisted mainly of deluded working-class people and less affluent privately-educated people.
Professor Henry Brubaker said: “Everyone thinks they’re middle class if they’ve got a house of some description and their job doesn’t involve carrying buckets of pig intestines around.
“This has led to the rise of what we call the ‘not-really-middle-class’, who are people like car showroom salesmen or HR executives who go to work in a suit but still read a tabloid and don’t like books unless it’s something to do while you’re getting a tan.
“Alternatively, they might be people who seem convincingly middle class but don’t have any income. This is because they’ve made some incredibly stupid career decision like opening an organic food shop or setting up a film production company making Welsh language romantic comedies.
“Whatever the case, they’re not proper middle-class people like doctors or barristers. They’re all much more desperate than that.”
Plant hire manager Tom Logan said: “I’m definitely middle class because I’ve got a large garden.
“It’s very much my private sanctuary where I can just sit and think and watch Sky Sports by putting my enormous flatscreen telly in the window.”