BRITONS have been informed that mere labouring for long hours in precarious jobs for minimum wage does not entitle them to call themselves ‘working class’.
Experts have explained to young people, people of colour, women, foreigners and southerners that just because their jobs could not be worse nor their wages lower does not mean they can use the hallowed epithet of ‘working class’ to describe themselves.
Julian Cook, author of Old, White and Living In Barnsley: The English Working Class, said: “The very fact that these people are working at all makes them suspect. The truly authentic working classes are for the most part retired.
“When we say working class we mean salt-of-the-earth types who trod the cobbled streets of the 1950s to work in factories and are too busy scrubbing themselves in tin baths to think about identity politics and feminism.
“Some of these people claiming to be working class have fancy jobs like barista, sandwich artist and care worker. Well you don’t come home with a dirty face from those.
“The real working classes, from mines, steel mills or Sunderland, have earned their right to be reactionary, Brexit-supporting Boris Johnson admirers. These others are nothing but arrivistes.”
22-year-old delivery driver Ryan Whittaker said: “I hoped I might be working class, because they count. But I ate an avocado once so I’m urban metropolitan elite.”