If you thought being middle-class meant your own home, something set aside for the kids and a comfortable retirement – think again.
For the first time ever, today’s middle classes will struggle to enjoy the same privileges of security and comfort that their grandparents did. How did this situation come about? What can be done about it?
In this beautifully shaped inquiry, David Boyle questions why the middle classes are diminishing and how their status, independence and values are being eroded. From Thatcher’s boost of the mortgage market to Blair and Brown’s posturing over public services, ‘Broke’ examines the key moments in recent history that created ‘the squeezed middle’.
Can the middle classes be revived? Should they be? Although they were not innocent in their downfall, Boyle argues that a newly galvanised middle class could be the key to future economic stability. The middle class may be broke, but it is not beyond repair.
Reviews of Broke: Who Killed the Middle Classes?
- Praise for ‘Broke’:
- ‘The tone of the book may be gloomy but there is plenty of entertainment value … Could even be your holiday read if you are unable to afford a house in a suburb that your parents thought scruffy but is now ultra-smart, thanks to an influx of foreign bankers … engrossing and contentious’ Anne Ashworth, The Times
- ‘Exhilarating’ Daily Mail
- ‘There is endless interesting stuff in this book … he explains what he calls the “middle-class crisis” — and he’s spot on’ William Leith, Evening Standard
- ‘He tells these stories, on the whole persuasively and with some startling asides’ New Statesman
- ‘A book that is engagingly sensitive to the sentiments of what is sometimes called “middle England”’ Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times
- ‘At the heart of Broke is a competent account of how the economic upheavals of recent decades have impacted upon the population, from the point of view of those in the middle income bracket … By assigning the “great British virtues” solely to his own class, Boyle is merely setting himself up for an unmissable televised showdown with Owen Jones.’ Alastair Mabbott, The Herald