Skip to comments.Middle Class Mick
Posted on 05/01/2012 2:25:38 PM PDT by passionfruit
Midway through a Julie Burchill column in the Guardian bemoaning the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, I was startled to learn the following: Although fewer than 10 percent of British children attend private schools, their alumni make up over 60 percent of the acts on the U.K. pop charts. Twenty years ago, it was 1 percent.
There's always been a bit of this, of course: Mick Jagger went to the London School of Economics and made more money singing the songs of hardscrabble Mississippi bluesmen than the gnarled old-timers who'd lived those lyrics could ever dream of. But he was "middle class" in what your average exquisitely attuned snob would regard as a very drearily provincial sense: Mick's dad was a teacher in Kent and his mum was an Aussie hairdresser and he went to the local grammar school.
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As always with Mark Steyn, you really want to read the whole thing.
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“Jumping Jack Flash” is a mid-middle class?
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Thanks for the ping passionfruit.
Steyne is 100% correct and I read the whole thing as you asked
Back in the day, the drop-outs could get work at the mills or machine shops, restaurant kitchens, and the like.
There’s a shrinking middle class here in the U.S.A, and it starts with teens and young adults. There’s basically two paths - connected and educated or poor and on welfare.
I feel sorry for the youths of today.
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Even that is off the mark. It is getting to be bankers, lawyers, politicians and then the rest of us.
When you have lawyer/politicians writing the law, it’s in their “enlightened self-interest” to write them in their own favor. Adam Smith in a funhouse mirror.
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