Their class has been pushed to the fringes of British public life.
…Since the Blair years, there has been an attempt to reimagine a New Britain, and a conscious war against those who defined Old Britain – posh conservatives and the proletariat. Central to this has been the framing of the white working-class as racist, homophobic throwbacks who have little place in modern multicultural Britain. This has always had little to do with whether racism or xenophobia really are rampant on council estates (they aren’t). Rather, it has always been an ideological justification for demonising the poorer sections of society. The elite response to Brexit, wherein working-class Leave voters were vilified as low-information, racist tabloid-readers, has its origins in the vile sentiments of the Third Way establishment.