Moreover, it appears that wealth and income fault lines are increasingly running along generational lines. Therefore, in the past few decades, the economy has changed and so has Britain.
In fact, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, for the first time in almost a decade, the situation is getting worse rather than better.
In the meantime the social fabric of the country is disintegrating. Terminology[ edit ] Prior to the eighteenth century, one did not speak of class or classes.
More than six out of ten people 64 per cent find it 'fairly easy' to tell someone's class from their clothes and speech. The British working class, on the other hand, was not notable in Europe for prosperity,  and Early Modern British travellers often remarked on the high standard of living of the farm-workers and artisans of the Netherlandsthough the peasantry in other countries such as France were remarked on as poorer than their English equivalents.
And their findingswhich were published in the journal Sociology a couple of years later, were interesting. If they wanted high social prestige, they would buy a landed estate or negotiate for a knighthood or a baronetcy.
Aristocratic means their ancestors enjoyed the monarch's favour in the sixteenth century and managed to avoid getting their heads chopped off. Instead it just appeared to morph in line with other changes in society, not least the progressive de-industrialisation of the UK economy which made traditional delineations less relevant.
They discovered that not only were the descendants of the wealthy in still rich today, but they continued to live longer than average, were more likely to attend Oxford or Cambridge, reside in expensive areas and join professions such as doctors or lawyers. They played a military role as longbowmen before For an explanation, have a look a the web site of the Land Value Taxation Campaign here and download the exhibition brochure which spells it all out, unashamedly.
This phenomenon has existed in every country but it was more or less the same as in Britain.