My former colleagues at the TUC have published an ace-a-tronic new pamphlet - exec summary here - this morning taking a look at the mythical 'Middle Britain'. Rather usefully, they take a look at who actually resides there, as determined by their typical earnings, rather than the image created by rather well-paid journos and (generally) right-of-centre politicians.
The real Middle Britain is -
*Much less likely to have had a university education
*More likely to have experienced unemployment
*Much less likely to enjoy a final salary pension scheme
*Much less likely to hold shares and have significant levels of savings
There's a lot more to the report so go and have a read yourself.
The TUC has also created a whizzy little gadget to see where you fit in the income scale.
UPDATE: Ian pointed out the link to the MiddleBritainometer wasn't working - should be ok now.