Social class is very important to British people because it is used to judge others. When British people meet, they instantly decide if the other person is higher or lower on the class scale than themselves.
Important class indicators are the way a person talks, their name, education and job – but also their choices, including supermarket, clothes, food, home decor, plants in their garden, and favourite sport. With so many aspects of daily life acting as a class indicator, social class is difficult to avoid or ignore.
Everyone feels that their social class is the best – and anything higher or lower is not quite as good. As a result, is common for discrimination between the social classes. This can be a significant disadvantage for people low on the class scale in particular. It often means they don’t get as many educational opportunities or job offers (people in elite jobs are 5 times more likely to have been to a private school than a state school).
It can also lead to racial discrimination, because some races are more likely to be found in the lower-middle class or working class.
However, there can be snobbery both ways within the class scale. Some people dislike and might bully those who they think they are ‘too posh’ (too high on the class scale). This might be for something as simple as not having a regional accent.