snobbery

Snobbery in the age of social media

12 August 2017 9:00 am

We like to think we have moved on from the age of snobbery. Judging others by birth or status, or…

In chains of gold: Minnie Stevens, the daughter of a Massachussetts chambermaid, married Arthur Paget in 1878. Portrait by Fernand Paillet

Cash for coronets: the invasion of America’s social-climbing heiresses

10 June 2017 9:00 am

The undignified ‘cash for coronets’ deal between America’s heiresses and Europe’s nobility produced some marvellous stories, says Nicholas Shakespeare

There is a dangerous new snobbery – but it’s not from Remainers

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Yet another kind of snob Sir: May I offer another definition of a ‘snob’ to the one described by Bryan…

How Brexit gave us a different class of snob

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Britain’s defining social vice is on the rise again

Happiness is being a Mormon

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Here we go again, my 40th Christmas column in a row, and it seems only two weeks ago that I…

How I learned to embrace my inner toff

3 December 2016 9:00 am

I do hope it’s a terrible winter this year: a total bastard where everyone’s snowed into their drives and those…

Stop being politically correct about the working class

26 November 2016 9:00 am

The self-appointed defenders of the working class are elitists, too

Films aren’t better because they bomb – whatever the BBC’s poll says

27 August 2016 9:00 am

The BBC has published a list of the 100 best films of the 21st century, compiled after consulting academics, cinema…

To drink a beer called ‘Maple Bacon Coffee Porter’ is to say: ‘I’m better than you

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Fussy fans of ‘artisan’ brewing have brought hipster snobbery to the everyman world of beer-drinking

Kathleen Kennedy arrives in London

Kathleen Kennedy kicks over the traces

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Kathleen Kennedy and her elder brother JFK were the grandchildren of upwardly mobile Irish Catholic immigrants. John F. Fitzgerald, ‘Honey…

Voting Remain is an act of heartless snobbery

14 May 2016 9:00 am

One of the interesting features of the Brexit debate is that it has laid bare a schism in British society…

The polite anti-Semitism of 20th-century Britain

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Though it seems to begin as an affectionate memorial to his maternal grandparents, a testimonial to a rare and perfectly…

The hatred that Martin Amis and Jeremy Corbyn have in common

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Everyone loves an underdog. It doesn’t matter how incompetent they might be — indeed, incompetence works in their favour. You…

James Bond's secret: he's Jamaican

9 August 2014 9:00 am

Lewis Jones on Ian Fleming’s Jamaican retreat and the inspiration it provided for the Bond novels