The Great British Class Calculator

The Great British Class Calculator
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Good old England, don't you just love us? The ugly Class system has raised its snooty head once again. Back in the old days we had three classes.

High class, middle class and lower class. Then the powers that be have decided in their so called wisdom that actually there are seven different classes of people in this country.

Well I don't know about you but I think its cra... er' no, better not say That word, or else I will be put in the lower class. So I will say it in a polite way. Tommy rot I say, tommy rot!

This new Class System idea has to have come about because people who are 'high up' the ladder have nothing better to do . How do you decide what class you are for goodness sake?

Take a look and tell me what you think. And no bad language if you please, remember your Class Status!

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Lets Start With The Lowlife 'er Lower Class First!

PRECARIAT.

Roman Empire Definition - Precariat is another word for Proletariat.

Means - Lower social class - No wealth other than their children. In other words they had less than the worth of 11,000 asses!

So it seems that if you don't keep thousands of donkeys in your house then you are one of these lower class of people. Sorry guys, my house only fits three people, so in a sense that must be me. Mind you I have had three cats, four dogs, 2 rats and an ensemble of mice in my time, will that do?!

These days it means that, well, you are pretty much scum class. You mix with other 'chavs' rent your house and do nothing all day apart from texting, drinking, smoking and gossiping about the neighbors!

Jobs include cleaner, van driver and wait for it, care worker!! How dare they? Do they know how hard care workers work? What an insult!

They also do not have a social life. Well you wouldn't if you were a care worker! Duh!

No cultural interests. How the hell do they know? Maybe on the one day out a year they get to the theatre. How about that?

They live in industrial areas. What they heck does that mean? They live in a factory?!

Dear oh dear oh dear..........!

Who came up with this rubbish? Oh yeah the so called hard working government! Um!

'The Emerging Culture' Better Than Care Workers!

The Emerging Culture Class -Not!
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Next Up The Toffs Ladder Is -

Emergent Service Workers - This is the youngest of the class group.

Evidently these are higher than care workers because they are the ones who are in charge of the 'Emerging Culture'. In other words they go to Gigs, use Twitter, and play football. Oh so that's why they are higher than care workers then!!

Oh I see, they live in an Urban Group, and an 'Inexpensive Area'. So whats the difference between renting and an inexpensive area for goodness sake? Lower class rent, and the youngsters live in an inexpensive area! What a load of croc.....!

They socialise with a broad range of people. Well I never! Young people go out a lot and meet other people? Who would have guessed!

Jobs include - Chefs, nursing auxiliaries, and production assistants. There's that nursing thing again! Whats the damn difference?

I cannot believe this rubbish! Kids who have just come out of school and started training, are higher than someone who has cared for a relative or in a home for 30 years? What the...?

Next - The Traditional Working Class

These working class people own their own home. Well, that cuts it down a bit! Not!

Loads of people own their own home. Including the Queen and the Government. Oh yes, they both get it for free, forgot that!

They mix with people like themselves. No way, really? Duh!

They don't enjoy emerging culture i.e. rap, screaming kids trying to sing, and Cliff Richard. Oh sorry, probably do love our old Cliffy baby.

How many people of middle age do you see in all classes going to listen to 50 Cents?

So your telling me that David Cameron an upper class whatsit goes to see Rap? Yeah, like to see that!

This group has the oldest average age. What does that mean? Somebody, anybody...?

Jobs include lorry driver, cleaner (again?) and electricians. That cleaner gets everywhere!


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One Step Up - New Affluent Workers

This Class is sociable. ('sigh' not again!) Have loads of cultural interest. Oh yeah? Do they know the difference between a Picasso and a Monet? Eh, well? Come on answer me damn you....!

They are also in the middle terms of wealth. In other words mummy and daddy have subsidised them since they were in diapers, lent them their car and give them copious amounts of pocket money to get started.

Lets face it, how many young people do you know that starts out with nothing, and gets this well of so quickly? Exactly. Nobody.

Here we go again, they go to Gigs, use Twitter, blah blah blah.......!

They do not tend to participate in 'High Brow' Culture such as Classical music and Theatre!

Oh so let me get this right. When these New Affluent Workers don't go to the Theatre they are regarded as sensible young things.

When a working class or lower class person doesn't go its because they are thick as peas!

I will say it again....Oh for goodness sake!

They come from a working class background......What the...? So they are working class then? No? Why the hell not?

Many people in this group come from, wait for it..........the old manufacturing centres of the UK, such as The Midlands and the North West!

Manufacturing? So its those factories again, right? I said RIGHT??

My head hurts now..........

Science -

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One Step Higher.....Technical Middle Class

A small, distinctive and prosperous group. Um!

This group tend to mix with others similar to themselves. Don't we all?

They prefer the 'emerging culture' such as using social networks compared to classical music. Heard this before! So using Twitter and so on is fine in this group. On the other hand low class families using social network are just stupid!

These people work in Science, Research and Technical jobs.

Here's a good one, they tend to live in suburban locations such as the South of England. Me too, me too......! So that makes me an upper class twit then? Don't answer that, I said......!

They come from Middle Class backgrounds! You don't say.......!


Traditional?

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Up We Go....Established Middle Class

This is the second wealthiest of all the groups.

People in this group enjoy lots of cultural me time. So do the so called lower classes mate!!

Many work in management or traditional professional jobs. What does that mean?! Traditional? Shop jobs are traditional, so is clog making if you live in the Netherlands, growing garlic if you live in France, and making very long sausages if you live in Germany! What the hell?

If you mean Britain then that could be anything thing from tossing the caber, (Scotland) to sheep farming (Wales).

In England its probably either office jobs or how to pull a pint! I think I need one now.....!

Most come from middle class backgrounds...Oh dear here we go again...!

They live outside urban areas. Well that's as clear as mud. Where do they live then? Apart from in the country, does this mean on a ship in the middle of the Atlantic?

Or maybe in an old Celtic fort in the Isle of Skye, Scotland! I know, how stupid of me....they are talking about 'Those People'. You know the ones' I mean.

You can see them every Sunday sticking a pole into the hard ground at the top of the nearest mountain. They live in the caves nearby. Oh puleeese!

And A Spiffing Good Time Was Had By All!

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Here We Go The Elite of the Elite.

The Elite.

These' are the UK's biggest earners. They have great big scores for social cultural and economic factors. There's that mud again, clear as......!

Many went to private schools!! And there it is folks, the answer to the absolute snobbery and stuck up twits who think they are the best!

Mummy and Daddy paid for them to go to private schools! They never had to work hard, they knew all the right people and then they crept into the top jobs with probably a lower IQ score than anybody else in the country. But they have one thing we commoners don't.

Money.

They mainly live in London. Well they would woudn't they? That's where mother pushed them into politics!

This group is exclusive and very hard to join. Tell me about it! In plain English, they are the upper class snobs who stick to their own because they have influence with the other upper class snobs. They invite them for caviar and champagne parties, throw their daughters at them to inter marry and if that wasn't enough, live of all the tax payers who actually work!

97 percent of these own their own home. Yeah sure. Like the government you mean? The homes that we tax payers fork out for? Of course you stick to your own. Your hands are in others peoples pockets helping themselves to everything.


My View

I have tried this so called Great British Class Test and I have found that everytime I do it I end up in the two bottom rungs of the ladder.

Then I realised why. It is because I rent a house. The second you say rented, it shoves you straight to the bottom. Doesn't matter that back in the day the council houses were for hard working people. Ex service men and women and a lack of private housing. The government think that all people who rent are the scumbags of society.

Even though they have been given everything on a plate, they believe they are better than you and me.

Well let me tell you something 'Elite'. I am better than you. I had to start on the bottom rung and work my way up. It was hard graft. You on the other hand are lazy, big headed and snobs. You look down on us. And the funny thing is they just can't see the fact that they are worse than any of the so called lower class.

Why?

Because they got everything for nothing. We worked and still do. Take away your money and power and you are nothing. Remember that.

So what do you think of the so called Class Society? Yep, thought so.

If you want to take the test yourself just key in BBC News - The Great British Class Calculator. And see what you think.

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So What Do You Think? Do You Agree With The New Class System?

  • The Class System Is outdated and should be scrapped.
  • Anybody who thinks that Care Workers are the lowest of the low are not just mad they are evil
  • Are you telling me that those snobs with stupid hats go on to run a government?!
  • The list should be the other way round. The highest Class should be regarded as the scroungers.
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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

The captions were the funniest part of the hub. I was literally laughing out loud. Sadly, we only have two classes here, the rich and the poor, but according to the government we have five. Who do you believe? LOL


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Que Scout 3 years ago from Sydney Australia

Maybe another class is required; Those who dream up classes.

BBC did documentary recently aired in Australia on this subject. The Common Class was the most discussed because everyone hates to be Common, but just about everyone is common. You know, the saying, " oh she is just a common". That within it's self indicates classes are just a way of painting people into boxes.

The world does love the British with their high class posh accents speaking the Queens English as opposed to the Cockney low class renters :)


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Larry Fields 3 years ago from Northern California

Hi Nell,

British social class is far too complex for most Americans to grasp--even with your lucid explanation. Here in the USA, we have only 2 social classes: middle class (which is almost everyone) and the let's-not-talk-about-it class, which includes both the upper and lower ends of the financial spectrum.

I propose that the British simplify their class system. They should use a rating scale that's based upon an easily understood and completely unambiguous metric: shoe size.

Voted up and funny.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

I can relate to this, Nell, even though in the U.S. we have only three classes, upper, middle and lower. But a person can be lower lower, middle lower, or upper lower. Or lower middle, middle middle, or upper middle. Or lower upper, middle upper or upper upper.

Not to worry though because with the socialistic policies being adopted by this administration, we will soon no longer have a middle class. Just the lower - the very poor who live on entitlements - and the upper - the very rich who pay the taxes for same.


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WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Personally, I have an an abundance of class. Unfortunately, it's all low.

Love it, Nell!


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I wonder just how much it cost to draw up this new 'class system'. Money that would have been better spent in the health system.

Why must they put people in little boxes, it is insulting and degrading. It is the working class that is the backbone of the country so why should they be looked down on. More and more I am thinking it was a smart move leaving the UK.

There is little class system here in NZ (among the whites anyway) it's more a clash of cultures. The Maori consider them selves the down trodden 'lower class' but that is very much self imposed.


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poetvix 3 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

Wow. I'm somewhat floored. I thought such messed up PC divisive thinking could only be found in America. Boy was I wrong. Nell, you go girl. Why should people who have never done a thing in their lives but collect interest on other people's earned money be able to designate themselves as better than everyone else? The nurse that can't pay her rent saves lives daily. The cop that struggles to feed his kids protects everyone. What do the upper class do? Rob the nurse's and cop's pensions. I guess some things are universal. Greed and lunacy! Best rave I have read in a while. Keep em coming!


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Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

This was really funny but the message packs a punch.

I live in Scotland, so I am used to the crazy system which is almost feudal!

Everyone deserves respect not to be categorised and dehumanised. It is totally unacceptable for anyone to imply, someone who has worked hard for what they have, is a less worthy citizen.

It is a disgrace to belittle those in our society, like careworkers, who at the end of the day are giving the most.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

This is such a funny and yet sad hub. Who sits around and thinks up this crap? I think you made some great points with this hub and I enjoyed it. I think the criteria for the lower class is totally ridiculous. I'm a nurse, apparently that wasn't the greatest career choice! Haha Voted up and awesome.


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Funny and sad, I agree. You approach it with your usual sense of humor, Nell, but the division is a serious problem that will cause a few social ills other than just unwanted elitism. Thanks for sharing...I hope that the system is gotten rid of!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks michelle, we did have just the three but they had nothing better to do than come up with this rubbish! lol! thanks for reading, and the share, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Pamela, I have no idea! lol! yes that care worker thing was totally insulting, as for the up and coming kids, who came up with that rubbish? thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Anna, lol! we brits are a funny lot! and yes you are so right, careworkers should be higher than the government not at the bottom, the only thing I can think of is that it was written by 20 somethings who have no idea about older people in society! thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi poet, no its even worse over here, we have the monopoly on complete snobbish idiots! lol! and the nurse and cop should be miles higher than the government, what planet do these guys live on? thanks as always, and yes I will keep the rants coming!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Rosemay, exactly! but the health system seems to come last as usual, it is insulting to box people in, its similar to the caste system in India where even though you may have an IQ of Einstein you can't be rich or famous because you may have been born in the 'lower' caste. The only difference between india and england is that we are allowed to work our way up, but its still wrong, thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Will, I am sure you do Will, lol! but its very high and don't let anybody tell you different! thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi drbj, I think thats what we have really too, lower and broke, higher and rich, makes me so mad, haven't they got anything better to do with their time instead of doing this? unbelievable, thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Larry, shoe size does it for me larry, less complicated and makes much more sense! thanks as always, lol!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Scout, sounds good to me, the dream class! lol! I must admit I prefer the cockney! thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi billy, lol! same here, poor and hard working, rich and dishonest money grabbing no workers just shirkers! haha!


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

Thanks for the humor...Pretty sad state. I guess we are not the only ones with problems here in the US...YOu did a great job and you always get your point across so well.


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK

Nell, this is a funny version and all the better for it. Our country will always be class riddled which is such a shame. I'm waiting for someone to create an alternative system and put it on Facebook (what? Am I giving you ideas?...go on, you know you want to....). My town is mainly chavs, you have to catch a bus to the next village to hob nob with the more affluent :o)


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Cassie Smith 3 years ago from U.S.

Good grief, this is going to propel the Obama gov't to come up with something even crappier for the US.


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alancaster149 3 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

Don't kid yourself, billybuc. The States are just as wrapped up in this class business as we are. Some say we've escaped it and the whole house of cards has already collapsed and we're finding our way around the debris. These days the 'Upper Class' moans about making ends meet, having to open up their stately homes to pay their tax bills and to send Reginald and Regina to Eton and Cheltenham respectively (not respectfully, they get drunk on champagne cocktails and heave up into policemen's helmets at weekends, and then at Uni they do the same in Oxford).

One thing stays the same: the harder you work the further down the social ladder you are until all there is below you is the guinea pigs you keep in the back yard. That's the theory. Spend some time waiting at a hospital and watch the porters and other underpaid health staff wandering aimlessly down corridors, pushing trolleys, or just wandering. Tradesmen (from window cleaners to household electricians) can be found anywhere from near the bottom rung to halfway up, higher than some Herberts (that's our description of the so-called Better-offs these days) who work 'at the Ministry' as permanent private secretaries for any given Minister for this or that. The tradesman might live in a freehold house with its own drive, and the 'Herbert' might live in a two bedroom dog kennel on the third floor (no lift) of a former upper-class family with a mews at the back and servants in the attic rooms.

Which leaves Royalty - but where? Princess 'Pushy' (Duke of Kent's German wife) is no longer on the Civil List, Princess Anne doesn't want to be and Charles doesn't need to be. The Queen wouldn't need it either but she's got all these palaces up and down Britain (not Wales or Northern Ireland) to pay upkeep on, plus the army of flunkies (they are potentially D-, as they own no property of their own and have to work their socks off cleaning the family - Windsor - silver, driving coaches, standing around at dinners or handing out cucumber sandwiches and changing the clocks twice a year. Not exactly job security, but more secure than some civil servants or industrial workers).

Most secure position around and free-est agent is being a pensioner. Travel or go where and when you want, spend your time writing books, making comments on Hubs - even writing some. That's the life, eh? I should know... Who'd want to be an aristocrat? Poor sods, with all these punters shuffling around in their lounges eight months of the year, wearing out the Wilton? Sell off another couple of Monets or 1,000 acres to keep the bank manager happy (Monet makes the world go round, doncha know)!


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

Geez, If i lived in merry old England i would be a low class worker, nurse, I always thought i was in the middle class, but it looks like that was ' a used to be ' In my little town we have so many people, 20,30,40,50 year olds who live off the tax payer, food stamps, free housing, college grants, free day care, you name it, they get it, maybe they can't find jobs, but i see signs everywhere begging for workers, maybe not a high hourly wage but a job. When i was a kid i went to work at 13 and was thrilled to have a job. Something is wrong with our system and yours too. I think we've forgot about ' people power ' We need to take back our country, toss out the elite and run the government like it was supposed to be. Wow, didn't mean to preach, but that's the way i feel..I loved your hub. FUNNY and up..


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BOGOBabies 3 years ago from Florida

You're hilarious. What I'm curious about is how does the class system rank people who are self-made millionaires or movie stars or rich of their own accord? I can only imagine they aren't allowed in the elite group because the way they earned their money isn't deemed respectable.


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Why don't we do this. The bottom classes run the government, and see where that puts the upper classes. Then, every other week, we switch. At the end of the year, we then decide who does the better job. In any event, first order of business. This document gets an awesome and up!


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alocsin 3 years ago from Orange County, CA

This hub would have been useful to have on my recent visit to London. It would've been interesting to see if I could classify people with this system. I'll keep it in mind for my next trip. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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alancaster149 3 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

These newly-rich might be bank executives who've messed up their company's finances and been given big, fat bonus cheques and £1M pensions. Steer clear of them.

On the other hand they might be authors who've been asked for the film rights for their books (thinks, hopefully).


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Haha! alan, I wish! if all us authors got paid the right amount of money for books that we sell then we would all be better than the Elite! thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi alocsin, I doubt it, even we see posh people and think what class are they? then they open their mouth to speak and we say, er no! lol! thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Deb, now thats a great idea! lol! thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Bogo, I have no idea! lol! and yes you are probably right there, seems the whole thing was made up by some stupid kid who had five minutes to spare! lol! thanks!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Ruby, yes lets toss out the Elite, I totally agree! I also started work at 13 in a shop, I loved it, seems kids these days haven't got the same drive, thanks ruby, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Cassie, lol! I hope not! thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Jools, my town is posh with the chavs in the next town! lol! but saying that we do have chavs too, they come out at night like vampires! haha! thanks!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi carol, thanks so much, you have to laugh otherwise you would go mad with these stupid class system things!


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girishpuri 3 years ago from NCR , INDIA

In India, We have five classes, a. daily wages B. lower middle c. Upper Middle d. Newly rich and finally Richest of the rich.

Unfortunately the lower segment is still more than 80 %

Thanks for sharing this useful hub.


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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I miss the English and Welsh countryside, which I love, and I miss seeing my relatives in the UK. One thing that I definitely do not miss about living in the UK and that I really hate is the English class system. Thank you for creating this hub, Nell. It was very funny, but at the same time it made a lot of excellent points about a very unfair system.


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travmaj 3 years ago from australia

Interesting hub. I miss England also but not this - but then I'm a Lancashire lass - and growing up I knew my place in the system. Not hard to imagine which class.

It gets worse - labelling people and placing them in categories - I wonder if it will ever change

We do have a pecking order in Australia, not certain it's been defined into classes. Mind you, our Prime Minister Julia Gillard has a live in partner - Tim Mathieson. Tim is known as the First Bloke. LOL. Says a lot - love it.


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alancaster149 3 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

Hello girishpuri, what happened to the Untouchables - have they been excluded again? (I was under the impression the under-classes were more like 90%, Untouchables uncluded).

Having seen 'Slumdog Millionaire' - and having the situation confirmed by my son-in-law - I'd have thought it in the interests of Congress to improve the lot of everybody in India, not just the ones who can understand the voting system.

Ejucashun, ejucashun, ejucashun, that's the key to a classless society!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi alan, I was watching a fascinating programme about India the other week, maybe you saw it? The caste system was started when the God Vishnu was supposed to arrive on a fish, and he wrote the rules stating the different classes, and that women should be at the bottom, (figures!) and nobody should be allowed to progress up the caste system, the Indian girl telling the story was really frustrated by it all, but it was interesting, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi travmaj, lol! now that sounds like my kind of place, First Bloke, love it! so laid back, instead of the stuck up twits in our government! thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Alicia, yes I love our countryside, its just the people in the know that drive me mad! lol! class system? what darn class system! lol! thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi girishpuri, thanks so much for reading, nell


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alancaster149 3 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

When some po-faced Westminster moron tells you we've got the mother of all parliaments he's obviously talking through his head. Heathen Scandinavians, and then Iceland had the first parliaments that everyone was encouraged to attend, the 'things' (see the 'Althing' in Iceland and 'Tynwald' on Man).

Lawspeakers understood the sytem, as did the priests (of Thor, and other gods before the law of AD1000 that decreed they should all accept Christianity as the state religion). Women under Scandinavian law had the same rights as men, and could divorce their husbands, for example, if they thought them effeminate as in the saga of Njal when his wife repudiated him for wearing shirts with too low-cut fronts that she thought made him look like a woman (!)

Switzerland was the last European country to give their women the vote (yodel-ay-tee-hee)! Not a lot of people know that.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi alan, good old Njals wife! lol! and thanks for the added info, you are a font, I say a font of amazing info! Haha!


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Yikes! So many classes---you have a humorous eye Nell!!


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

We have distinct classes too, you know. I think I was born in a lower class and it looks as though I'll die in the same class. I don't see much hope of me going any higher.

Thanks for this humorous, but informative Hub.

Voted UP and shared.


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phoenix2327 3 years ago from United Kingdom

I took the test and it turns our I fall into the technical middle class. I don't know what that means and I don't care. I just want to live my life, love my family and have fun while I'm doing both. People who feel the need to be 'classified' need to get out more.


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joym7 3 years ago from United States

great hub....


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Li Galo 3 years ago from Mainly the USA but Sometimes Abroad

Sad, but all true! We have it here in the United States, too. I come from the Upper Middle Class (private schools, housekeeper and theater!) but now live in the Common Middle Class (thanks, Great Recession... my kids get no private school, clean up after themselves and go to the movies - maybe) but that's okay! I think, in the end, it doesn't matter where you're from or what you have, as long as you can get along with anyone and be respectful of everyone. That's what I aim to be and that's what I want my children to be like, too. Anyone who can do that is the classiest, in my book. Anyone who can't has no class at all.


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alancaster149 3 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

There are some in high places who've sent their offspring to state schools, rather than to what we call public school and the Yanks call private school.

Funny thing about our 'public schools', they were called 'public schools' because heretofore only kings and the nobility had their sons educated (note: I didn't write 'daughters'. They were given 'lessons', but largely in needlecraft and how to keep their future husbands happy).

At some point in the middle middle ages, at the time of the Plantagenet kings, it was deemed fit for those who could afford the fees to have their sons educated - again, not daughters - with board and lodgings. Thus sprang up Eton and Harrow etc. It was only in the days of James Cook that children of the lower orders could be educated at a 'dame school' (nursing their knuckles most of the time), providing someone would vouch for their fees. Thus Squire Scottowe paid for James Cook's education at Great Ayton (his statue as a boy stands on the green in front of the Friends' School, not the school he was educated at round the corner, just off the Stokesley road opposite the River Leven).

Compulsory education didn't come about in Britain until the late 19th Century for all children from the ages of 6-12, then 5-14 and by the 1950's 5-15. now it's almost out of the pram into a nursery school room and you don't get away from school (if your parents want to send you to University, with your consent of course) until 21! Fancy, 17 years in education! (It's like being cocooned).


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi alan, 17 years! oh my! lol! its sad really that kids do those years at school then can't find a decent job when they leave, they should bring back apprentaships for everybody, great info, I learn so much from you! lol! thanks!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Li Galo, thats so true, its all about love of your family and friends, not what class you are, thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks joy for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi phoenix, lol! thats it exactly! well said! its the toffs that right the rubbish in the first place, and we all know they don't know what work is! thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi mary, I think most of us fit into that one too! lol! and yes its the best one! thanks as always mary, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks Audrey, glad you liked it, nell


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Oh, these class indicators are totally misleading. I know stinking rich people with not a drop of dignity and style in their bones - scum, and I know very poor people with so much dignity you can make them guest of honor at the Queen's Annual Ball. One may differentiate high-middle-low income groups, or high-middle-lower educated, but this has nothing to do with 'class' per se. I also know highly-graduated people with not a drop of wisdom and insight between their ears - only cold knowledge obtained via books. They can't even do the work they're supposed to do according to their diplomas. While opposed to them I know people who don't even have a senior certificate, but able to do a job efficiently.

Really, class-indicators of any kind is totally misleading.

Great hub, Nell! As always :)


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Martie, thats it exactly! my mum had hardly any money but she had so much class because she helped everybody. and yes those kids with diplomas get their info off the internet and then can't do the job! thanks so much as always, nell


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John MacNab 3 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

Darn it Nell. I used to think I was in the working class - having the audacity to work at a shale mine and with a Father and Grandfather who were both miners. But after reading your Hub, it appears I'm in the Lower Social Class, i.e. Scum Class. I'll lose a lot of sleep over that definition, I don't think. Nice hub, Nell. Voted up and hilarious.


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quicksand 3 years ago

This kinda thing is what makes life so very interesting and communism so very attractive!!! - Cheers!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi John, lol! you cannot get higher class than miners, they were hero's doing the job that would terrify me and others too, I think the idea of cameron going down a pit would make him turn to jelly! being polite I was going to say something else about the jelly then! lol! thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Haha! thanks quicksand, that about says it all doesn't it? Brilliant!


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Tusitala Tom 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia

What a wonderful Hub! I was born in the UK and came out here to Australia as a boy of fourteen in 1951. Yep, Working Class. So was my brother-in-law who arrived as a carpenter and ended up as a Master Building owning a business which sold around 300 homes a year!

Great place Australia! It really still is an egalitarian society - and there aren't many country's like that in the world. People who 'put on the dog' here get short shrift.

Oh, and I saw John Cleese and the Two Ronnies on the David Frost show when it came out all those year ago.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Tom, thanks for reading, Australia sounds like a beautiful place to live and work, and yes without the darn class system people can work their way up to whatever they want to be, sounds amazing! thanks so much, nell


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

I like the flower hats! :-) This class survey cannot possibly still be used. Wow. Your hubs are always an eye opener.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks Glimmer, yes its a new one! lol! who woulda believed it? nell

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