Sunday 11 December 2016

'Working class' labelling wrong

Published 28/08/2010 | 05:00

I BELIEVE the use of plumbers and electricians in Kevin Myers' article (Irish Independent, August 26) was a poor and ill-informed analogy of working-class shortcomings.

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I would dispute the "working-class" labelling of these skilled tradesmen, as I have always held the assumption that the term working class referred to those who partake in unskilled labour to earn a living or indeed those who don't work at all.

Many tradesmen originate from middle-class backgrounds where education is valued, they spend longer than the average university degree student learning their craft and many will go on to become self-employed businessmen and earn a very comfortable wage -- this is hardly a picture of "self-defeating low achievement".

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