UKIP appeals to disaffected lower middle class…

I’m not sure this is such a surprise, but the British election study has looked at UKIP’s support in Britain and discovered that it doesn’t have such an appeal to the working class as many thought:

“The idea that many Ukip voters are working class and that they therefore pose a threat to Labour’s support in the election has gained considerable currency ….But we find this is wrong; the working class basis of Ukip has been strongly overstated.The Party’s strongest supporters are often the self-employed and business owners.”

“Even within the working class, Ukippers tend to be low level supervisors, and not the disadvantaged semi and unskilled workers often thought to provide the core of the Party’s support.”

I suspect that this is only one of several profound misconceptions about the party currently and actively abroad..

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  • Ben De Hellenbacque

    I think this is an example of disadvantage transcending ethnic difference. If only we here could learn from that.

    UKIP is a protectionist party (like Ulster Unionism), so there’s no motivation in protecting something (inherited advantage, privilege, perceptions of supremacy, greater access to work/housing etc.) if you don’t have it in the first place.

    Thatcherism didn’t completely destroy adherence to borderless (flagless?) socialism so we can take some comfort from this.

  • Zig70

    I’ve got a few ukip supporters working with me. I’m tempted to move job. Grumpy, middle aged, homophobic, racist blokes. Real gems. It’s the cult of self preservation.

  • Dan

    I’m sure they’d mourn you leaving too

  • Korhomme

    Napoleon’s England, populated by small shopkeepers?

  • Robin Keogh

    How much ok UKIPs vote in the recent euro and counsel elections in the North East of Ireland came from the LSE group? Any analysis done?

  • Chingford Man

    The line between lower middle class and working class isn’t very great.

    From my own experience in Newark, Clacton and Rochester last year, the larger and more elaborate the house and garden the less likely you were to find support. Conversely, a van parked in the driveway usually meant a vote. Terraced housing often meant enthusiastic support as well.

  • Chingford Man

    Bad luck, but better get used to it.

  • mickfealty

    Sounds to me like you need to sort out your HR issues before you come on here Zig. This is supposed to be politics for grown ups.

  • mickfealty

    I’d say it is pretty accurate though as a general guideline.

  • chrisjones2

    Not like you then

  • Turgon

    Chingfrd man below is correct on this.

    The differentiation between working and middle class is much less clear than it once was. A number of occupations such as plumbers etc. would once have been considered working class and those so employed were in turn employed by firms. The huge rise in short term contracts etc. has resulted in many people like say plumbers now being self employed and hence middle class.

    Furthermore the idea of non manual working class has never been terribly clear and now probably even less so.

    I am always reminded of the young women in John Prescott’s film on class saying that since they were unemployed they were middle not working class.

    Of course in America almost everyone seems to be defined as middle class.

    Back to the idea of UKIP and the concept of “Revolt in the Right” it should be remembered that in the French revolution the sans culottes were essentially lower middle class and in classic Marxist doctrine the revolutionary class are the proletariat and not the lumpen proletariat about whom Marx had rather nasty things to say.

    To an extent it seems that those with a relatively small material stake but not no stake in society are the ones most likely to be revolutionary whether that be to the left or right. Not that I am calling UKIP revolutionary rather than reactionary etc. but merely that the demographic identified by this study (which it calls lower middle class) is often one which is prepared to rock the boat against what it perceives as an elite who run the show.

  • Catcher in the Rye

    On a Northern Ireland relevant point, did anyone notice UKIP proposing the abolition of the Barnett formula to reallocate money back to England ? I wonder what McNarry thought of this.

  • kalista63

    He addressed it on a Talkback interview last week. It’s onlie. I can’t remember exactly what he said, so it would be wrong of me to comment. Check it out

  • That isn`t what the UKIP manifesto says on Barnett

  • No, the UKIP constitution clearly states it is libertarian. It is for global trade and a small, low tax state. The EU is protectionist.