An interesting article which seems to put many of our social problems in a nutshell http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml;jsessionid=IKQIYDLB3YHUHQFIQMFCFFOAVCBQYIV0?xml=/opinion/2007/08/29/do2901.xml An Excerpt Has anyone noticed, either, that what we used to call the working class has shrunk? Not merely because, as surveys tell us, so many now think of themselves as "middle-class", but because something called the respectable working class has almost died out. What sociologists used to call the working class does not now usually work at all, but is sustained by the welfare state. Its supposed family units are not as the rest of us might define the term. It lapses routinely into criminality and lives in largely self-inflicited squalor. It has low educational attainment and is bereft of ambition. It is what we now call the underclass.