Disadvantages of Being “Lower Class”

The following is a list of the disadvantages you will have to face if you are a member of the “Lower Class”…

You have to breathe polluted air on a daily basis.

You will have to work until you are dead – no retirement!

Mummy and Daddy won’t be able to get you an instant high-paying job.

You can’t champion your class without the well-off saying that you’re looking for a hand-out.

You are demonised by awful TV shows such as Benefits Street and TOWIE.

If you get into legal trouble you can’t afford a decent solicitor.

You are unable to walk around your neighbourhood without the fear of being shanked by a drug-addict.

You have to see a stressed-out, over-worked doctor every time you’re ill, and hope to God they diagnose you correctly.

You will never own a brand new suit (your uncle’s hand-me-down will have to do).

Your teachers are too depressed themselves to care about your education.

University is never presented to you as a viable option (“Have you thought about the Sandwich Factory?”)

Upper classes are surprised when it turns out you’re intelligent.

You will under the constant threat of repossession and homelessness.

You have to rely on privatised public transport to get you from A to B.

You are constantly judged by your accent and dialect.

You have no power or influence over the local politics in your area, and it is extra-difficult for you to make a change.

These are all things that you will have to overcome if you’re a member of the “Lower Class”. But when it all seems too much, remember this African proverb: “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.”

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10 thoughts on “Disadvantages of Being “Lower Class”

  1. I have experienced both sides of this coin (middle class comfort and security and real material poverty in a deprived area) and I know just how radical the differences of life, expectation and opportunity are. Some people don’t know, more just don’t care.

    In 1915 the British “lower” classes had such things as the Labour Movement, the Chapel and the hope of a better future. In 2015 the British “lower” classes generally have such things as TV, Bargain Booze and disillusioned pessimism. – It was a bad swap.

    The lower middle class, the working class and those who have fallen by the economic wayside (C1’s, C2’s D’s and E’s) all share a great deal of interests (basically they are the people who benefit most from a civilised welfare state etc). They also make up 2/3 of the British population.

    This 2/3 are those who do the work (and are generally not in receipt of fair remuneration for their efforts) Essentially they are the robbed – their natural political enemies are the robbers who benefit from the iniquity built into the system. When the 2/3rds get united, organised and represented then they can make things change.

    Disadvantaged people of all sorts need to get together and become politically active (and not in sideshows like the Green Party of the SWP) because otherwise they will continue to get shafted. Ed Miliband is hopefully helping move the Labour Party back in the right direction. These things take time.

    If working class and so called “under-class” people start to join the Labour party in large numbers they would almost certainly be able to help it become some thing truly relevant again – as it was when it was the party that founded the NHS and the Welfare State.

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  2. Excellent article. Relatedly I have just read Paul Kingsnorth’s article regarding contemporary Norman hegemony of our class system. Having emigrated to get the fuck out, excuse the Germanic, when I return to England its such a strange state of affairs to have to come to terms with. Modern concepts of neoliberalism have added a complexity to the mix of social injustices we face so that the problem takes on a deeper framework.

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