This is a blow to the Managerialists who have so screwed our national stratification in their grubby climb to the peak, displacing traditional professionals as they go. Their triumph is the new official government Socio-Economic Classification table; it used to be that doctors, lawyers, clergy and officers occupied the top slot. No longer. The new managerial regime places senior civil servants and MPs right at top of the tree;
GROUP 1111 - SENIOR OFFICIALS IN NATIONAL GOVERNMENTJob holders in this unit group formulate and ratify legislation and government policy, act as elected representatives of either Parliament, European Parliament, Regional Parliaments or Assemblies, act as representatives of the government and direct the diplomatic operations of government departmentsRELATED JOB TITLESAssistant secretary/Grade 5 (government)DiplomatMember of European ParliamentMember of ParliamentPermanent secretary (government)
But these are exactly the sort of people that the British public don't reckon are worth First Class fares; indeed, a sizeable chunk of the electorate wouldn't even give them a bicycle.
But then it's clear that after eight years of work in compiling the new classification, those clever statisticians still don't understand the most basic distinction between Parliament and Government. An MP isn't a 'Senior official in National Government'. In fact, the whole new SEC is an enormous pile of Managerial crap, and wholly ignored by the real statistical industry which continues to use the old ABC1C2DE classification.
So who should travel First Class, given that we won't pay for those above to do so? Well, from my observation, the following;
- Senior sales reps on expenses
- Wives of successful Estate Agents
- Elderly couples on rail company promotions
- High scale prostitutes
- City figures who've never accepted the Big Bang that let chaps with white socks into the place
- Theatre, film and TV agents, hairdressers and costume supervisors
- Wives of successful charlatans and frauds
In fact, politicians and their dags fitted in pretty well in First Class. Their removal to Second Class (sorry, 'Standard' or 'Silver' or whatever) can only lower the standard of travel that the rest of us enjoy.