Middle England

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The phrase "Middle England" is a socio-political term which generally refers to middle class or lower-middle class people in England who hold traditional or right-wing views.[1][2][3][4][5]

The primary meaning of the term is now a political or sociological one (as is also the case for the term "Middle America" or "Middle Australia"). It principally indicates the middle classes or lower-middle classes of non-urban Britain, but also carries connotations of "Deep England". The BBC described the Kent town of Tunbridge Wells as the "spiritual home" of Middle England.[6] The term is used by journalists to refer to the presumed views of mainstream English and British people, as opposed to minorities of all types (the rich or the poor, ethnic minorities, gays and lesbians, the politically active, the intelligentsia, etc.). In particular, it is increasingly used to denote the more right-wing views of those who are not in such minorities.[7][8] Readers of The Daily Mail, for example, are often characterised as being from Middle England, as are members of the Countryside Alliance.[9] Residents of Middle England are also sometimes referred to as the "silent majority" or "moral majority" in the British media.[10]

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  1. ^ O'Sullivan, Jack (29 August 1998). "What is Middle England?". The Independent. London. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Cole, Peter (19 August 2007). "Why middle England gets the Mail". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Burrell, Ian (21 May 2007). "Linda Grant: The 'Mail' turns on the charm". The Independent. London. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Maconie, Stuart (19 March 2010). "Stop knocking Middle England". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Kuper, Simon (2 August 2012). "Heroes reconquer nation for Middle England". Financial Times. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Tunbridge Wells: The spiritual home of Middle England". BBC News. 13 April 1999. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Easton, Mark (6 October 2010). "In search of Middle England". BBC. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  8. ^ Adams, Tim (10 April 2005). "This green and pleasant land". The Observer. London. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  9. ^ Milne, Kirsty (15 March 2005). "Rise of the press-protest axis". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  10. ^ Reeves, Richard (25 October 2007). "Middle England. They're nicer than you think". New Statesman. Retrieved 30 October 2012.