Yet as figures in this morning’s Telegraph reveal, the middle classes have always missed out under this Government. Even in the years of plenty. Since 2002, the annual tax bill faced by middle class families has risen by some £1,250. That’s the biggest increase in any leading Western economy.
So why aren’t the middle classes rioting in the streets? Not only are they too polite, but the booming housing market has made it easy to ignore the fiscal squeeze. As soon as that bubble bursts, Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling may have a lot of angry voters on their hands.