With more strikes taking place and ever rising inequality, you’d think the left would be well-placed to talk about class with authority. But what if the movement had made a disastrous error when trying to understand the state of our nation? And what if we’re still missing a fundamental bit of understanding?
Sociologist and trade unionist Dan Evans tells Aaron how the petty bourgeoisie – and particularly its Thatcherite values of home ownership and entrepreneurialism – have come to dominate British politics. Dan’s new book, A Nation of Shopkeepers: The Unstoppable Rise of The Petty Bourgeoisie, is out now from Repeater.