Who’d have thunk it? Apparently, young white men are the most derided group in the UK. You know, that section of society that is constantly smeared as lager-swilling chavs and would-be girlfriend abusers has, according to a YouGov poll for Prospect, been ranked by members of the public as the worst ethnic and gender group on a list of negative traits – particularly drunkenness, work-shyness, rudeness and promiscuity.
I know we’re not supposed to trust pollsters any more, but the reaction to the Prospect poll suggested it was on to something. There was a sense of genuine surprise. A poll no doubt designed to generate another shock-horror headline about Britain’s bigoted white masses showed the opposite to be true.