As with you lot my mum was the first to go to uni (and the only one of her siblings to do so). Strangely she she speaks in a middle class accent while her siblings speak in their native Essex.
Obviously there are many components of middle class self loathing. One is that people don't like the idea of being privileged as it can feel like it belittles their problems. Another is that as a middle class person you actually socialise and live around working class people in a way that the upper class wouldn't, so that you're more aware of class.
I once heard a 2nd generation immigrant say that they felt loads of pressure to accomplish something ("save the world" as they put it) due of the relative privilege they experienced and their parents didn't. I feel a similar pressure being a 2nd generation middle classer.
Also, within the last 20,30 years within westrn societies, the value system of middle class has been imposed onto the working class, too. Meaning: your life is supposed to revolve not only around your "job", you are now supposed to have a "career" with all its implications. In the old sense of working class, there was work's drudgery, and then there was leasure time. Now you are supposed to be working on your skillset and/or networking in your "free" time too.
At this point it's probably worth distinguishing between class as a cultural phenomenon and class in purely economic terms, because really, contra Tony Blair, the great majority of people are economically working class, in that they sell their labour to an employer, regardless of whether they're a teacher, a bus driver, an engineer or whatever. Going by this classification, most people you'd call middle class have far more interests in common with working-class people than they do with the upper middle class, who increasingly are looking like the aristocracy of days gone by, in that they don't actually 'work' at all but generate wealth simply by owning wealth (the investor/speculator/landlord class).
Unfortunately, right-wing politicians and the media entities that support them have got extremely good at persuading the struggling lower middle classes that their plight is due to the indigence and greed of the people lower down the ladder than themselves - immigrants, 'scroungers', single mums, all the usual suspects - instead of directing their anger upwards at the cunts that are running (and ruining) the whole show. So what's needed is a political movement that can appeal to workers in the most general sense, regardless of whether they sit at a desk or a checkout.
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And that's not going to happen while the left is fractured between old-school socialists who still talk about 'the bourgeoisie' like they're The Enemy, because to them 'middle class' means stockbrokers who live in big houses in Surrey, and middle-class students who see the world only through the lens of identity politics and have a strong suspicion that working-class people - the white ones, anyway - are a bunch of ghastly ignorant racists.Unfortunately, right-wing politicians and the media entities that support them have got extremely good at persuading the struggling lower middle classes that their plight is due to the indigence and greed of the people lower down the ladder than themselves - immigrants, 'scroungers', single mums, all the usual suspects - instead of directing their anger upwards at the cunts that are running (and ruining) the whole show. So what's needed is a political movement that can appeal to workers in the most general sense, regardless of whether they sit at a desk or a checkout.
The 'champagne socialists' thing is interesting, because it's essentially saying that you've no right to wish to change or abolish a system from which you've benefited (and in all probability continue to benefit from). I guess the idea is that 'champagne socialists' aren't doing more than playing at being socialists, because, if push came to shove, they wouldn't want to give up their bourgeoisie accoutrements for the sake of egalitarianism.
Perhaps this is something to do with it. Is BSL a liberal/left phenomenon, for the most part? I doubt the sort of middle class people who read The Daily Mail are self-loathing, although they may still deride liberal/left people as 'middle class lefties', I suppose. There's this guilt, among liberal middle class people, surrounding the enjoyment of privileges which we're conscious of not 'deserving' - because we believe (in theory, at least), in egalitarianism, and therefore feel a profound anxiety over our own enjoyment of quinoa and Glastonbury Festival.
Well somebody had to.